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Exploring the Performativity Turn in Management Studies

Authors Andreas Diedrich
Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist
Lena Ewertsson
Johan Hagberg
Anette Hallin
Fredrik Lavén
Kajsa Lindberg
Elena Raviola
Egle Rindzeviciute
Lars Walter
ISSN 1400-4801
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2013
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Language en
Keywords performativity, management studies
Subject categories Business Administration


One of the contemporary “turns” in management studies is the “performativity” turn. In this paper, we present a genealogy of the concept of performativity as it has been used in management and organization studies (MOS). Starting with the work of Austin, Bateson, Goffman and Lyotard, we move on to more recent debates surrounding the use of the concept by Butler and the STS researchers Callon, Latour and Law, as well as how their ideas have been further translated within MOS. The focus is on how the concept is defined and on the areas of study where performativity has been used. Taken together, the approach to performativity employed has implications for how the concept is understood and translated. Finally, we discuss the particular ontological position of the performative perspective, and its methodological consequences.

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