Exploring the accomplishment of inter-organizational collaboration

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In this chapter, I draw on Hodder’s ideas on the interpretation of documents and material culture (Hodder 2003) to argue that the study of situated social interactions can greatly benefit from thick descriptions of associations among multiple pieces of mute evidence (documents, in particular). By mapping such associations that may span temporal and spatial boundaries, we can better appreciate how what is said and done in particular contexts – concrete episodes of human interactions – “fits into a more general understanding” (Hodder 2003, p. 166). Conducting such analysis can provide rich historical insights into the epistemic and deeply political work that multiple social actors – distributed in time and space – do to interpret and reinterpret texts that are valued as seminal, pursue different goals and construct the broader cultural context, within which local social interactions unfold (Yates and Orlikowski 1992).
Bibliographic citation: GKEREDAKIS, M. (2020). Exploring the accomplishment of inter-organizational collaboration. The value of thick descriptions. In Mir, Raza and Fayard, Anne-Laure (Eds.), The Routledge companion to anthropology and business (pp. 526). Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.
Date: 01/07/2020
Author(s): Manos Gkeredakis
Document type: Book Chapter
Department: Information Systems
Languages: English