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Title: Thinking with materialities in construction management: a response to Alexander Styhre
Authors: Sage, Daniel J.
Keywords: Materiality
Power
Managerialism
Construction management
Journal rankings
Critical social theory
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: SAGE, D.J., Thinking with materialities in construction management: a response to Alexander Styhre. Construction Management and Economics, In Press.
Abstract: 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.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 10th Jul 2018
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2017.1348612
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25564
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2017.1348612
ISSN: 1466-433X
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