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How Crisis Reveals the Structures of Practices


Seidl, David; Whittington, Richard (2021). How Crisis Reveals the Structures of Practices. Journal of Management Studies, 57:1-5.

Abstract

In this short paper we address two central questions prompted by the developments of the current Covid-19 crisis: (1) Why do some practice in crisis situations change quickly and radically while others remain apparently stable? (2) How does the fact that some practice changes are meant to be only temporary affect their performance and to what extent is it possible to go back to the earlier practices in a meaningful sense after the crisis? We answer these questions with recourse to the structures of practices. On the one hand, there are the internal organizing principles of the focal practice and on the other hand there are the external relations of the focal practice to other practices around it. Based on our argument we develop an agenda for future research on the structures of practices.

Abstract

In this short paper we address two central questions prompted by the developments of the current Covid-19 crisis: (1) Why do some practice in crisis situations change quickly and radically while others remain apparently stable? (2) How does the fact that some practice changes are meant to be only temporary affect their performance and to what extent is it possible to go back to the earlier practices in a meaningful sense after the crisis? We answer these questions with recourse to the structures of practices. On the one hand, there are the internal organizing principles of the focal practice and on the other hand there are the external relations of the focal practice to other practices around it. Based on our argument we develop an agenda for future research on the structures of practices.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Management of Technology and Innovation
Language:English
Date:1 January 2021
Deposited On:26 Jan 2021 09:29
Last Modified:27 Jan 2021 21:01
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0022-2380
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12650
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:19875

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