A little light reading: Practice Theory edition

From the candidacy vault: a list of practice theory sources and inspirations, with a special focus on organizational dynamics, and the process of learning, changing and evolving practice forms.

Barab, S., & Duffy. (2011). From practice fields to communities of practice. In D. Jonassen & S. Land. (Eds.), Theoretical foundations of learning environments. New York, NY: Routledge.


Bourdieu, P. (1977). Outline of a theory of practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Bourdieu, P. (1990). The Logic of Practice. Cambridge, UK: Polity.


Bourdieu, P. (1998). Practical reason: on the theory of action. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.


Bräuchler, B., & Postill, J. (2010). Theorizing media and practice. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.


Brown, J. S., & Duguid, P. (1991). Organizational learning and communities of practice: Toward a unified view of working, learning and innovation. Organization Science, 2(1), 40 – 57.


Chaiklin, S., & Lave, J. (1993). Understanding practice: Perspectives on activity and context. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Contu, A., & Willmott, H. (2000). Comment on Wenger and Yanow. Knowing in practice: A delicate flower in the organizational learning field. Organization, 7(2), 283-97.


de Certeau, M. (1984). The practice of everyday life. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.


Duguid, P. (2007). The art of knowing: Social and tacit dimensions of knowledge and the limits of the community of practice. The Information Society: An International Journal, 21. 109 – 118.


Feldman, M. (2000). Organizational routines as a source of continuous change. Organization Science, 11(6) 611 – 629.


Feldman, M., & Orlikowski, W. (2011). Theorizing practice and practicing theory. Organization Science, 22(5). 1240 – 1253.


Feldman, M., & Pentland. (2008). Routine dynamics. In D. Barry, H. Hansen (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of new approaches in management and organization. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Gherardi, S. (2006). Organizational knowledge: The texture of workplace learning. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.


Gherardi, S., & Nicolini, D. (2002). Learning the trade: A culture of safety in practice. Organization, 9(2), 191-223.


Jarzabkowski, P. (2005). Strategy as Practice. London, UK: Sage.

Chapters Introduction, 1 and 2


Jarzabkowski, P., Balogun, J., & Seidl, D. (2007). Strategizing: The challenges of a practice perspective. Human Relations, 60(5)

Lau, R. W. K. (2004). Habitus and the practical logic of practice: An interpretation. Sociology, 38(2) 369-86.


Lave, J. (1988). Cognition in practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Lave.J., & Wenger, E. (1991). Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Nicolini, D. (2012). Pratice theory, work & organization. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Nicolini, D., Gherardi, S., & Yannow, D. (2003). Knowing in Organizations: a practice based approach. Armonk, NY: M.E Sharpe. Chapters 1 – 4 (p. 1 – 96), 9 (p. 213 – 240)


Orlikowski, W. J. (2000). Using technology and constituting structures: a practice lens for studying technology in organizations. Organization Science, 11(4). 404 – 28.


Orlikowski, W. J. (2002) Knowing in practice: Enacting a collective capability in distributed organizing. Organization Science, 13(3). 249 – 73.


Orlikowsky, W. J. & Yates, J. (1994). Genre repertoire: the structuring of communicative practices in organizations. Administrative Science Quarterly, 39(4). 541 – 574.


Ortner, S.B. (2006). Anthropology and social theory: Culture, power and the acting subject. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


Reckwitz, A. (2002). Toward a theory of social practices. A development in culturalist theorizing. European Journal of Social Theory, 5(2). 243-263.


Schatzki, T. (2012). A  primer on practices: Theory and research. In Higgs, J. et al (Eds.). Practice-based education: Perspectives and strategies. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers. pp. 13-26.


Schatzki, T., Knorr Cetina,K., & von Savigny, E. (Eds.). 2001. The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory. London, UK: Routledge.


Schatzki, T.R. (1996). Social practices: a Wittengesteinian approach to human activity and the social. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Schatzki, T.R. (2005). Peripheral Vision: The sites of organizations. Organization Studies, 26, 465-84.


Shove, E. (2003). Comfort, cleanliness and convenience. The social organization of normality. Oxford, UK: Berg.


Shove, E., & Pantzar, M. (2005). Consumers, producers and practices: Understanding the invention and reinvention of nordic walking. Journal of Consumer Culture, 5, 43.


Shove, E., et al. (2007). The Design of Everyday Life. Oxford, UK: Berg.


Warde, A. (2005). Consumption and theories of practice.  Journal of Consumer Culture, 5, 131-53.


Weick, K. E., & Roberts, K. H. (1993). Collective mind in organizations: Heedful interrelating on flight decks. Administrative Science Quarterly, 38(3), 357 – 381.


Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning and identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Wittington, R. (2006). Completing the Practice turn in strategy research. Organization Studies, 27(5), 613 – 634.


A little light reading: Ethnography edition

More from last year’s candidacy, in case it is of help to others who suffer so: a brief listing of readings from the world of ethnography with a special focus on cultural production studies and organizational ethnographic studies.

Alcoff, Linda (1992). The Problem of Speaking for Others. Cultural Critique, 20, 5-32.

Atkinson, P., Coffey, A., Delamont, S., Lofland, J., & Lofland, L. (Eds.). (2001). Handbook of ethnography. London: Sage.

Atkinson, P., Coffey, A., & Delamont. S. (1999). Ethnography: Post, Past and Present.Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 28(5).

Barley, S., & Kunda, G. (2001). Bringing work back in. Organization Science 12(1), 76 – 95

Brettell, C. (Ed). (1996). When they read what we write: The politics of ethnography. Westport: Bergin & Garvey.

Collins, J., & Lutz, C. (1993). Reading National Geographic. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Conquergood, D. (1991). Rethinking ethnography: toward a critical cultural politics. Communication Monographs, 58, 179 – 194.

Conquergood, D. (2013). Performance as a moral act. Ethical Dimensions of the Ethnography of Performance. In Cultural struggles: performance, ethnography, praxis. D.

Conquergood, (Ed)Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Culyba, R., Heimer, C., & Coleman Petty, J. (2004). The ethnographic turn: Fact, fashion or fiction? Qualitative Sociology, 27(4), 365 – 389.

Cunliffe, A. (2010). Retelling tales of the field. In search of organizational ethnography 20 years on. Organizational Research Methods, 13(2), 224 – 239.

Davis, A. (2008). Investigating cultural producers. In M. Pickering (Ed.), Research methods for cultural studies. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. pp.53

Denzin, N. K. (2011) The SAGE handbook of qualitative research. (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Chapters: 17, 18, 28

Dornfeld, B. (1998). Producing public television, producing public culture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Down, S. (2012). A historiographical account of workplace and organizational ethnography. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 1(1), 72-82.

Emerson, R., Fretz, R., & Shaw, L. (2011). Writing ethnographic field notes. (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Fine, G., & Morrill, C. (1997). Ethnographic contributions to organizational sociology. Sociological Methods & Research, 25(4).

Fine, G.; Morrill, C. &  Surianarian, S. (2009). Ethnography in Organizational Settings In D. Buchanan, A. Bryman, The SAGE handbook of organizational research methods. London, UK: SAGE. pp. 603

Geertz, C. (1973). The interpretation of cultures: Selected essays. New York, NY: Basic Books.

Geertz, C. (1976). From the native’s point of view. In P. Rabinow, & W.M. Sullivan (Eds.), Interpretive social science: a reader. Berkley, CA: University of California Press.

Gill, R. (2011). The shadow in organizational ethnography: moving beyond shadowing to spect-acting. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: an International Journal, 6(2). 115 – 133.

Hatch, M.J. (1996). The role of the researcher. An analysis of narrative position in organization theory. Journal of Management Inquiry, 5(4), 359 – 374.

Kunda, G. (2006). Engineering culture: Control and commitment in a high-tech corporation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Law, J. (2004). After method: Mess in social science research. New York, NY: Routledge.

Mahon, M. (2000). The visible evidence of cultural producers. Annual Review of Anthropology, 29, 467 – 492.

McRobbie, A. (1998). British fashion design: Rag trade or image industry. London, UK: Routledge.

Moeran, B. (1996). A Japanese advertising agency: An anthropology of media and markets. Honolulu, HA: University of Hawai’i Press.

Morisawa, T. (2015). Managing the unmanageable: Emotional labour and creative hierarchy in the Japanese animation industry. Ethnography 16 (2), 262 – 284

Myerhoff, B., & Ruby, J. (Eds.) (1982) The cracked mirror: Reflexive perspectives in anthropology. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Negus, K. (1999). Music genres and corporate cultures. London: Routledge.

Negus, K. (2000). Identities and industries: The cultural formation of aesthetic economies. In P. Du Gay, & M. Pryke (Eds.), Cultural economy. London, UK: Sage.

Neyland, D. (2008). Organizational ethnography. London, UK: Sage.
Orr, J. (1996). Talking about machines: An ethnography of a modern job. Ithica, NY: ILR Press.

Radway, J. (1989). Ethnography among elites: Comparing discourses of power. Journal of Communication Inquiry 13(2), 3 – 11.

Rosen, M. (2000). Coming to terms with the field: Understanding and doing organizational ethnography. In (Ed), Michael Rosen, Turning words Spinning Worlds. London, UK: Harwood Academic Publishers.

Schwartzman, H. (1993). Ethnography in organizations. London, UK: Sage.

Seale, C. (1999). Quality in qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry 5(4), 456-478.

Suchman, Blomberg, Orr, & Trigg. (1999). Reconstituting technologies as social practices. American Behavioral Scientist, 43(3). 392 – 408.

Watson, T. (2012). Ethnography, reality and truth: the vital need for studies of ‘how things work’ in organizations and management. Journal of Management Studies, 48(1).

Wolcott, H.F. (1999). Ethnography: A way of seeing. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press.

Ybema, S. (Ed). (2009). Organizational ethnography: studying the complexities of everyday life. London, UK: Sage.

Zickar, M.; Carter, N. (2010). Reconnecting with the spirit of workplace ethnography: A historical review. Organizational Research Methods, 13, 304.

A little light reading: Cultural Production Studies edition

For what it is worth: a brief listing of readings from the world of  Cultural Production Studies with a special focus on the world of design.

Banks, M., Gill, R., & Taylor, S. (Eds.). (2014). Theorizing cultural work: Labour, continuity and change in the cultural and creative industries. Florence, KY: Taylor and Francis.

Becker, H. (1974).  Art as collective action. American Sociological Review, 39(6), 767 – 776.

Bennett, A., & Heller, S. (2006). Design studies: Theory and research in graphic design. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.
Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction: A social critique of the judgment of taste. Cambridge, UK: Harvard University Press.
Bourdieu, P. (1993). The field of cultural production: Essays on art and literature. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Brody, D., Clark, H. (Eds.). (2009). Design studies: A reader. London, UK: Berg. pp 68 – 115 (Section 2: Design thinking).


Buchanan, R. (1992). Wicked problems in design thinking. Design Issues, 8(2), 5 – 21.
Cross, N. (1997). Descriptive models of creative design: application to an example. Design Studies, 18, 427.
Cross, N. (2004). Expertise in design: an overview. Design Studies, 25(5), 427-441.
Cross, N. (2011). Design thinking: Understanding how designers think and work. Oxford, UK: Berg.
Crouch, & Pearce, C. (2012). Doing research in design. London, England: Berg.
Dorst, K. (2011). The core of ‘design thinking’ and its application. Design Studies, 32(6), 521-532.
du Gay (1998). Production of culture/cultures of production. London, UK: Sage.
du Gay, P., Hall, S., Janes, L., Mackay, H., & Negus, K. (1997). Doing cultural studies: The story of the Sony Walkman. London, UK: Sage.


Grand, S., & Jonas, W. (Eds). (2012). Mapping Design Research. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser.

Gregg, M. (2009). Learning to (love) labour: Production cultures and the affective turn. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 6(2), 209 – 214.
Gunn, W., Otto, T., & Charlotte Smith, R. (Eds.). (2013). Design anthropology. theory and practice. London, UK: Bloomsbury.
Jahnke, M. (2012). Revisiting design as a hermeneutic practice: An investigation of Paul Ricoeur’s critical hermeneutics. Design Issues, 28(2), 30 – 40.
Julier, G. (2000). The culture of design. London, UK: Sage.
Julier, G. (2007). Design practice within a theory of practice. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 1(2). 43 – 50.
Laurel, B. (Ed.). (2003). Design research, methods and perspectives. Boston, MA: MIT Press.
Maguire, J. S. (Ed.). (2014). The cultural intermediaries reader. London, UK: Sage.


Mahon, M. (2000). The visible evidence of cultural producers. Annual Review of Anthropology, 29, 467 – 492.
Mareis, C. (2012). The epistemology of the unspoken: On the concept of tacit knowledge in contemporary design research. Design Issues, 28(2), 61-71.
Margolin, V. (2002). The politics of the artificial: Essays on design and design studies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Mayer, V., Banks, M.J., Caldwell, J. (Eds.). (2009). Production studies. Cultural studies of media industries. New York, NY: Routledge.
McCracken, G. D. (2008). Transformations: Identity construction in contemporary culture. Indiana: Indiana University Press.
McFall, L. (2002). What about the old cultural intermediaries? An historical review of advertising producers. Cultural Studies, 16, 532 – 552.
Negus, K. (2002). The work of cultural intermediaries and the enduring distinction between production and consumption. Cultural Studies, 16(4) 501-515.
Nixon, S. (2002). Who needs the cultural intermediaries? Cultural Studies, 17(4)
Oak, A. (2013). As you said to me I said to them: Reported speech and the multi-vocal nature of collaborative design practice. Design Studies, 34, 34 – 56.
Oxman, R. (1999). Educating the designerly thinker. Design Studies 20, 105 – 122.
Papanek, V. J. (1971). Design for the real world: Human ecology and social change. New York: Pantheon Books.
Rodgers, P., Yee, J. (Eds.). (2015). The Routledge companion to design research.  New York, NY: Routledge.
Rowe, P. (1987). Design thinking. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Salvador, T., Bell, G. & Anderson, K. (1999). Design Ethnography. Design Management Journal 10(4), 35-41.
Schön, D. (1983) The reflective practitioner. How professionals think in action. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Smith Maguire, J., Matthews, J. (2012). Are we all cultural intermediaries now? An introduction to cultural intermediaries in context. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 15(5), 551 – 562.
Strickler, Z. (1999). Elicitation methods in experimental design research. Design Issues, 15, 27 – 39.

Suri, J. F., & Hendrix, R. M. (2010). Developing design sensibilities. Rotman
58 – 63.
Wasson, C. (2000). Ethnography in the field of design. Human Organization, 59(4). 377.