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|Title:||The practice of socialization and the socialization of practice|
|Author(s):||Elena P. Antonacopoulou, (GNOSIS, Management School, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK), Yvon Pesqueux, (CNAM, Développement des Systèmes d'Organisation, Paris, France)|
|Citation:||Elena P. Antonacopoulou, Yvon Pesqueux, (2010) "The practice of socialization and the socialization of practice", Society and Business Review, Vol. 5 Iss: 1, pp.10 - 21|
|Keywords:||Social action, Social interaction, Socialization|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17465681011017237 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors would like to acknowledge the Financial Support received by the UK Research Funding Councils – ESRC/EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management Research, as part of the AIM International Project “Practice and practising: a comparison across organizations, industries and countries” under Grant No. RES-331-25-0024 led by Professor Elena P. Antonacopoulou. They would also like to acknowledge Stefan Konlechner and Wolfgang Guttel for their feedback to earlier versions of this paper.|
Purpose – At the core of how societies operate, lies social interaction. Organizations as significant social bodies rely on social interaction both to get things done in order to remain sustainable and to also impart a contribution to the wider society. Understanding the dynamics of social interactions in the way social agents and social action take place through the lens of social practice theory could yield powerful insights both about practices of socialization as well as the socialization of practices. The purpose of this paper is to fundamentally reveal the tensions that such interactions expose and the dynamics in negotiating individual and collective priorities.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a conceptual approach on the links to be established between practice and socialization.
Findings – This paper focuses on how a practice perspective provides valuable insights about how social agents get things done in organizations.
Research limitations/implications – This paper is linked with other papers in this issue where the dynamics in negotiating individual and collective priorities reveal the tensions that such interactions expose (“transaction”). This paper provides a useful foundation for examining why organization practices tend to have an institutional character. This issue reveals new possibilities for appreciating the emergent nature of socialization both as a practice and a process striving towards institutionalization.
Originality/value – This paper explores socialization as a practice that can provide new insights into the dynamics of social interaction.
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