Constructing Spaces for Strategic Work: A Multimodal Perspective

Jarzabkowski, P., Burke, G. & Spee, P. (2015). Constructing Spaces for Strategic Work: A Multimodal Perspective. BRITISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, 26(S1), S26 - S47. doi: 10.1111/1467-8551.12082

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Abstract

This paper takes seriously the call for strategy-as-practice research to address the material, spatial and bodily aspects of strategic work. Drawing on a video-ethnographic study of strategic episodes in a financial trading context, we develop a conceptual framework that elaborates on strategic work as socially accomplished within particular spaces that are constructed through different orchestrations of material, bodily and discursive resources. Building on the findings, our study identifies three types of strategic work, private work, collaborative work and negotiating work, that are accomplished within three distinct spaces that are constructed through multi-modal constellations of semiotic resources. We show that these spaces, and the activities performed within them, are continuously shifting in ways that enable and constrain the particular outcomes of a strategic episode. Our framework contributes to the strategy-as-practice literature by identifying the importance of spaces in conducting strategic work, and providing insight into way that these spaces are constructed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Jarzabkowski, P, Burke, G & Spee, P (2015). Constructing Spaces for Strategic Work: A Multimodal Perspective. BRITISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, 26(S1), S26 - S47, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8551.12082/abstract. Authors are not required to remove preprints posted prior to acceptance of the submitted version.
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic episodes; space; strategic outcomes; semiotic resources; silence; multi-modality
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/8640

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