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    The sociomaterial negotiation of social entrepreneurs’ meaningful work

    Symon, G. and Whiting, Rebecca (2018) The sociomaterial negotiation of social entrepreneurs’ meaningful work. Journal of Management Studies 56 (3), pp. 655-684. ISSN 0022-2380.

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    This research examines the implications of digital technology use for the constitution of meaningful work. Adopting a sociomaterial perspective, we argue that meaningful work emerges as individuals grapple with the unanticipated outcomes of their interactions with technology. This process was explored through video diaries and interviews with social entrepreneurs, capturing moments of their everyday meaning-making and encouraging reflexivity. Meaningful work is constructed as a complex negotiation between social entrepreneurs and their digital devices. Accounting for their sociomaterial practice led participants to reaffirm their work as uniquely meaningful, produce more nuanced accounts of meaningfulness and/or make pragmatic adjustments to their meaning making. Whilst authenticity was a key meta-narrative in these accounts, it also produced tensional knots which, in their unravelling, required the adoption of more practicable meanings of work. The paper concludes by urging scholars to de-centre the human from their analysis to provide a more complete account of meaningful work.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Digital technology, Meaningful work, Narrative, Social Entrepreneurs, Sociomateriality, Tensions
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Rebecca Whiting
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 13:55
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:44


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