Developing a Relational View of the Organizing Role of Objects: A study of the innovation process in computer games

Scarbrough, H., Panourgias, N.S. & Nandhakumar, J. (2015). Developing a Relational View of the Organizing Role of Objects: A study of the innovation process in computer games. Organization Studies, 36(2), pp. 197-220. doi: 10.1177/0170840614557213

[img]
Preview
Text - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0.

Download (524kB) | Preview

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: boundary object, coordination, expertise, innovation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/6759

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics