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Thinking with materialities in construction management: a response to Alexander Styhre

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posted on 26.06.2017, 12:56 by Dan Sage
Alexander Styhre recently challenged Construction Management and Engineering (CME) scholarship to develop a stronger contribution to debates around materiality in mainstream management and organization studies. The rationale for his challenge is that CME scholars have a unique engagement with an important materiality – the built environment – that affords them a significant, yet largely unrealized, potential to inform wider debates about the materiality of social and organizational life. In my response here I do not disagree with Styhre’s overall argument. Instead I critically reflect, via a discussion of two themes implicit within his proposals – hiddenness and managerial power – on the rather unitary formulation of his argument. In so doing I do not so much seek to flag up challenges as to enliven his proposals by discussing the breadth of opportunities for contribution presented to CME academics in engaging with materialities with general management and organization scholarship.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Construction Management and Economics

Volume

35

Issue

11-12

Citation

SAGE, D.J., 2017. Thinking with materialities in construction management: a response to Alexander Styhre. Construction Management and Economics, 35(11-12), pp.657-662.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

16/06/2017

Publication date

2017-07-10

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Management and Economics on 10 July 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01446193.2017.1348612.

ISSN

1466-433X

Language

en

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