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Title: Towards a practice-based understanding of organizational memory
Author: Kravcenko, Dmitrijs
ISNI:       0000 0004 6495 8728
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis puts forward a problematization of key assumptions within the field of organizational memory and develops a phenomenology-infused theory of organizational memory as a practice. The aim of the research is to depart from existing theoretical preconceptions of organizational memory in order to observe what organizational memory means, and looks like, to practitioners as they engage with it in their daily practice. Data collected during a 15-month long ethnography of architectural work is used to call into question an existing, broadly anthropocentric, understanding of organizational memory in favour of one where organizational memory is seen as distinct from practice memory (following Schatzki, 2006) and proceeds as an emergent, episodic accomplishment bound by local material arrangements and dynamics of organizational power. A new theoretical framework for classifying the literature is proposed alongside an emergence/submergence model of organizational memory as a practice (for illustrative purposes), implications for industry and further research, and a methodological approach to the study of such temporally-sensitive phenomena.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor