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Does Clark Kent tweet ? Structure, Agency and Materiality in Institutional Theory

Abstract : This dissertation examines two main research questions: How does the adoption of online technology impact actors’ behavior and their enactment of institutions? What roles do structure, agency and materiality play in this change? Its main conclusion is that actors mostly exhibit a form of practical-evaluative agency by taking advantage of an emergent situation which is characterized by new material conditions. The dissertation is articulated around three essays. In the first essay, I investigate how professional norms and the material features of Twitter guide journalists’ online boundary management behavior. In the second essay, I examine the dynamics of meaning construction and their relation to the institutional context. In the third essay, I systematically review online ethnography and its boundary challenges. Finally, in the last chapter of the dissertation, after presenting its limitations and avenues for future research, I highlight the practical implications of my work
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Patrick Lâm Lê. Does Clark Kent tweet ? Structure, Agency and Materiality in Institutional Theory. Business administration. HEC, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015EHEC0001⟩. ⟨tel-01775170⟩



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