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Materiality and Time

Historical Perspectives on Organizations, Artefacts and Practices

  • Francois-Xavier de Vaujany
  • Nathalie Mitev
  • Pierre Laniray
  • Emmanuelle Vaast

Part of the Technology, Work and Globalization book series (TWG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Time and Materiality: What Is at Stake in the Materialization of Time and Time as a Materialization?

    1. Francois-Xavier de Vaujany, Nathalie Mitev, Pierre Laniray, Emmanuelle Vaast
      Pages 1-13
  3. Materializing Time and History in Organizations: What Is at Stake?

  4. Temporal Dynamics of Artefacts and Materiality in Organizations: The Importance of Material Traces

  5. Stretching Out Time and Materiality in Organizations: From Presentism to Longue Durée

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-247

About this book


The book explores how time is materialized and performed in organizations; examines how organizations and organizational members are constituted by and constitutive of material artefacts; and reflects on what a historical perspective on these materializations can bring to the study of organizations.


information system management Organisation organization organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Francois-Xavier de Vaujany
    • 1
  • Nathalie Mitev
    • 2
  • Pierre Laniray
    • 1
  • Emmanuelle Vaast
    • 3
  1. 1.Université Paris-DauphineFrance
  2. 2.London School of EconomicsUK
  3. 3.McGill UniversityCanada

About the editors

Pierre Laniray is a PhD candidate at Université Paris-Dauphine having obtained a Masters in Political Science and a Masters in Business Consulting and Information Technologies. Grounded in organization theory and information systems, his current research looks at the sociomaterial aspects of professional identity (or workplace identity). His teachings relate to management of information systems and strategizing with ICT.

Nathalie Mitev is an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management and has held prior positions at Salford University in Manchester and City University Business School in London. Her research focuses on the organizational aspects of information systems and technology, particularly from a sociological and political perspective. She has published critical work in management studies, including the Journal of Management Studies, Management Learning, and Personnel Review, and information systems, such as the European Journal of Information Systems, the Journal of Information Technology, Information Technology and People, The Information Society, and Information Technology for Development. She is a visiting professor at the Ecole de Management de Strasbourg and the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises at Grenoble University.

Emmanuelle Vaast is an associate professor of information systems at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She received her Ph.D. from Ecole Polytechnique, France. Her research questions practices and their transformations at the individual, community, network, organizational, and field levels, especially as they relate to innovations and the introduction of new technologies.

François-Xavier de Vaujany is professor of management and organization studies at Université Paris-Dauphine, France. His research focuses on the relationship between space, artefacts and practices in organizations, in particular (but not exclusively) in the context of ICT-related practices. His main ongoing research explores the relationship between spatial practices and legitimacy (in particular for global universities or business schools), information and sociomaterial practices, or fashion cycles in the adoption of IT by organizations (through the ethnographic analysis of tradeshows in France and Spain).

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