The Relational Structure of Improvisation

Morris, Tim, Pinnington, Ashly and Pinnington, Claire (2003) The Relational Structure of Improvisation. International Studies of Management and Organization, 33 (1). pp. 10-33.

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Abstract

Recent research on improvisation has led to development of the concept of minimal structures, which refers to social and technical resources applied in action. We examine the relational structure of improvisation by analyzing a case study of a pharmaceutical company conference and by applying Bourdieu's theory of practice in order to assess the significance of context. This analysis recommends greater investigation of commonplace work settings, and concludes with the salience of field and participant relational structures for improvisation. In this case study, the minimal structure of the performance is cen-tral to the specific form and content of the improvisation; but influences from the wider context also are found to demonstrate significant effects upon the participants' disposition to play.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Pharmaceutical industry; Management; Industrial management; Business enterprises; Industries
Subject(s): Professional services
Organisational behaviour
Corporate reputation
Centre: Centre for Professional Firms
Faculty of Organisational Behaviour
Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2012 15:48
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/2570

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