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date: 23 February 2019

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Anthony Giddens is one of the most widely cited social theorists in organization studies, but the focus in this chapter is on only a small part of his voluminous output. It considers the influential notion of structuration theory, seeking to place it in the broader intellectual and political context in which Giddens formulated his ideas. It also places structuration in the broader context of Giddens’ overall work. Some criticisms in the domain of social theory are considered, before an exploration of some of the ways in which structuration theory has been used in the study of organizations, with particular emphasis on three areas in which it has been influential: strategy-as-practice, the study of routines, and information systems (IS) research.

Keywords: Giddens, structuration, strategy as practice, routines, information systems

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