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Title: Developing a Relational View of the Organizing Role of Objects: A study of the innovation process in computer games
Authors: Scarbrough, Harry
Panourgias, Nikiforos S.
Nandhakumar, Joe
First Published: 26-Nov-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publication
Citation: Organization Studies, 2015, Vol. 36 (2), pp 197 –220
Abstract: Innovation processes create distinctive challenges for coordination. Objects are seen as supporting coordination in such settings by enabling the emergent action needed to deal with a dynamic and uncertain process. Thus, previous work has highlighted the role of different types of objects in coordinating the collaborative tasks undertaken by expert groups, either by motivating the creation of new knowledge or through the translation of understanding. Through an empirical study of innovation processes in the computer games sector, our paper adds to this previous work by finding that the relations between objects, and not the objects alone, help to orchestrate multiple collaborative tasks towards a final outcome within temporal and resource constraints. The relational view which emerges from this study shows how such a ‘system of objects’ is able to stabilize coordination of the process while preserving the emergence and autonomy of games developer practices needed to achieve innovation.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0170840614557213
ISSN: 0170-8406
eISSN: 1741-3044
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2014. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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