Moving Closer to the Fabric of Organizing Visions: The Case of a Trade Show

The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Volume 22, No. 1, pp. 1-25, March 2013

34 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2013 Last revised: 18 Jun 2015

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Francois-Xavier de Vaujany

Université Paris-Dauphine

Sabine Carton

Univ. Grenoble Alpes CERAG CNRS; affiliation not provided to SSRN

Carine Dominguez-Péry

University of Angers - Centre de Recherches Appliquées à la Gestion (CERAG)

Emmanuelle Vaast

McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management

Date Written: March 28, 2013

Abstract

This paper examines the fabric of authorized discourses about Information Technology (IT), i.e. of “organizing visions” (OVs); through the investigation of the discourses, practices, and socio-material contexts that make up their micro-social underpinnings. The case of a trade show allows us to explore the production of everyday discourses and practices about IT, by gathering many of the parties involved in the fabric of organizing visions. Through a combination of direct observations, interviews, pictures, documents, and a survey; we identify and analyze a number of micro-social practices related to the fabric of IT discourses. The trade show we studied was not a context in which new IT buzzwords and concepts emerged; but, rather, it was a setting where existing discourses about IT were repeated, refreshed, and materialized. Our three main findings reveal intriguing relationships between practices, discourses, and socio-material contexts: (1) practices and artifacts contribute to enclose the production of discourses; (2) practices and discourses aim at refining and updating an existing discourse about IT and; (3) many actors in the trade shows engage in discourses and practices that materialize the IT artifact. This research adds to the conceptualization of the dynamics of OVs, through a better understanding of how they are affected by the relationships between the discourses and practices of multiple actors, and by the socio-material context in which they take place. It draws several strategic implications concerning the dynamics of OVs at the industry level; how actors influence the fabric of OVs; as well as the roles and combination of artifacts, discourses, and practices to build OVs.

Keywords: IT, practices, discourses, artifacts, organizing vision, trade show, industry

Suggested Citation

de Vaujany, Francois-Xavier and Carton, Sabine and Dominguez-Péry, Carine and Vaast, Emmanuelle, Moving Closer to the Fabric of Organizing Visions: The Case of a Trade Show (March 28, 2013). The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Volume 22, No. 1, pp. 1-25, March 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2286637

Francois-Xavier De Vaujany (Contact Author)

Université Paris-Dauphine ( email )

Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
Paris, 75016
France

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Sabine Carton

Univ. Grenoble Alpes CERAG CNRS ( email )

Grenoble
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.iae-grenoble.fr/cv-CARTON-136.html

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Carine Dominguez-Péry

University of Angers - Centre de Recherches Appliquées à la Gestion (CERAG) ( email )

GRENOBLE, 38000
France

Emmanuelle Vaast

McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec H3A1G5 H3A 2M1
Canada

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