Actor-network theory as a processual approach to understanding collaborative practice in innovative construction supply chains

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Abstract

In this study we used actor-network theory (ANT) to develop a network-based, processual, heterogeneous view of collaboration in innovative housing construction supply chains. We selected an extreme case involving a supply chain experiencing multiple hindrances to collaboration, and qualitatively analyzed it at different developmental stages. Our findings suggest that ANT offers a fine-grained analysis that surfaces chains of conditions leading to successful collaboration, as well as tensions in collaboration (between integration and exclusion, disruption and stabilization) often overlooked by functional perspectives. We also argue that ANT’s ontological assumptions about networks lead us to interrogate widely-held assumptions about collaboration itself. This leads to a broader conceptualization of collaboration that embraces, among other things, nonhumans as participants in collaborative work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th Australian And New Zealand Academy Of Management Conference (Anzam 2016)
Subtitle of host publicationUnder New Management: Innovating For Sustainable And Just Futures
Place of PublicationSouthport, Qld
PublisherANZAM
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event30th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Under New Management: Innovating for Sustainable and Just Futures - School of Management, QUT Business School, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
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Conference

Conference30th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Abbreviated titleANZAM 2016
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period6/12/169/12/16
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