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Using actor-network theory to understand knowledge sharing in an architecture firm

Abderisak Adam (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Construction Management) ; Pernilla Gluch (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Construction Management) ; Jonas Julin (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Construction Management)
30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2014; Portsmouth; United Kingdom; 1 September 2014 through 3 September 2014 p. 1235-1244. (2014)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

This study investigates knowledge sharing in a large Scandinavian architectural firm, ArchFirm. In particular, a knowledge management initiative called the Knowledge Building (KB) is examined. The study is based on a case study consisting of a document review and 12 interviews. Drawing on Actor-Network Theory (ANT) as analytical lense, KB is conceptualized as a heterogenous network consisting of several actants, human and non-human. Key aspects of ANT used when analyzing data is; translation, semiotic rationality, punctualization and black-boxing, focal actants and obligatory passage point (OPP). ANT as theoretical approach created an opportunity to view the intricate nature of knowledge sharing in an architecture firm from a different perspective compared to previous research. This work also opens a window for further research in the area of knowledge sharing as it relates to architectural practice.

Nyckelord: Actor Network Theory (ANT), knowledge sharing, professional communities, professional networks, architecture firm, case study



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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Construction Management (2008-2017)

Ämnesområden

Building Futures
Samhällsbyggnadsteknik
Sociologi
Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap

Chalmers infrastruktur