Constructing spaces for strategic work: a multimodal perspective

Jarzabkowski, Paula, Burke, Gary and Spee, Paul (2015) Constructing spaces for strategic work: a multimodal perspective. British Journal of Management, 26 Supplement S1: S26-S47. doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12082

Author Jarzabkowski, Paula
Burke, Gary
Spee, Paul
Title Constructing spaces for strategic work: a multimodal perspective
Journal name British Journal of Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1045-3172
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8551.12082
Open Access Status
Volume 26
Issue Supplement S1
Start page S26
End page S47
Total pages 22
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In this paper we take seriously the call for strategy-as-practice research to address the material, spatial and bodily aspects of strategic work. Drawing on a video-ethnographic study of strategic episodes in a financial trading context, we develop a conceptual framework that elaborates on strategic work as socially accomplished within particular spaces that are constructed through different orchestrations of material, bodily and discursive resources. Building on the findings, our study identifies three types of strategic work – private work, collaborative work and negotiating work – that are accomplished within three distinct spaces that are constructed through multimodal constellations of semiotic resources. We show that these spaces, and the activities performed within them, are continuously shifting in ways that enable and constrain the particular outcomes of a strategic episode. Our framework contributes to the strategy-as-practice literature by identifying the importance of spaces in conducting strategic work and providing insight into the way that these spaces are constructed.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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