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date: 01 October 2020

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This chapter attempts to explain why the work of Michel Callon, a leader in science and technology studies and economic sociology, has attracted considerable attention in organization theory and management science. It shows that the remoteness between Callon’s research interests and organization theory is apparent only, since Callon’s initial focus on science was aimed at unveiling original insights about organizational processes. Moreover, Callon’s (et al.) ‘actor-network theory’ helps us to consider organization not as a static institutional frame, but rather as a dynamic movement which goes beyond organizational boundaries. These two contributions ended up in the formulation of a theory of ‘agencing’. ‘Agencing’ (a neologism based on the French ‘agencer’) means both ‘organizing’ and ‘giving agency’; it thus designates a process by which various entities are connected, coordinated, and put in motion.

Keywords: actor-network theory, agencing, agencement, economic sociology, organizing

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