School of Business and Management

Organisational Processes and Practices Research Group (OPPRG) Annual Lecture 2019

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27 March 2019

Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm
Speaker: Davide Nicolini, Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, 327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

The Organisational Processes and Practices Research Group (OPPRG) at the School of Business and Management would like to invite you to their Annual Lecture titled:


'The Role of Objects in Sustaining and Disrupting Professional  Jurisdictions in Health Care'


In this lecture I will explore the neglected role of objects in jurisdictional struggles between professions and occupations in healthcare. I will build on the results of a longitudinal study of a ground breaking medical procedure for replacing the heart valves conducted in collaboration with Bjorn Erik Mork from BI Businesss School of Oslo and Jasmina from Oslo University. Contrary to the traditional view which gives prominence to social, symbolic and discursive elements, in the lecture I will show that spaces and technologies also play a central role in the negotiation of occupational and professional jurisdictions. I will argue in particular that objects, artefacts and their configurations constitute the trigger of jurisdictional tensions and conflict, the arena where these conflicts are played out and the outcome of past struggles. Objects, artefacts and their configurations can therefore contribute both to maintain and disrupt occupational and professional boundaries. I will conclude by suggesting that careful attention needs to be paid to the role of objects, artefacts and materiality when analysing the dynamic between occupations and professions in healthcare.

Guest Speaker:

Davide Nicolini is Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School where he co-directs the IKON Research Centre and co-ordinates the Practice, Process and Institution Research Programme.   In the past he has held positions and visiting appointments at the University of Oslo, The Tavistock Institute in London, ESADE in Barcelona, the Universities of Trento and Bergamo in Italy. His current research focuses on the development of the practice-based approach and its application to phenomena such as expertise, managerial knowing and attention, collaboration, safety and technological innovation in organizations. He is also interested in the refinement and promotion of processual, relational and materialist research methods. He has used these approaches to study healthcare organizations, managerial work, construction sites, factories, public organizations, cybersecurity, pharmacies & scientific labs.