Opening the black box of group dynamics : the participation/reification duality as generative mechanism
Dameron, Stéphanie; Josserand, Emmanuel (2006), Opening the black box of group dynamics : the participation/reification duality as generative mechanism, The Academy of Management Annual Meeting : " Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern", 2006-08, Atlanta, Georgia, États-Unis
TypeCommunication / Conférence
Conference titleThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting : " Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern"
Conference cityAtlanta, Georgia
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Abstract (EN)This study proposes exploring the generative mechanisms at play behind group dynamics by offering a longitudinal analysis of the development of a self-organized group composed of city dentists. By adopting a longitudinal perspective we shed light on the relational and organizational mechanisms which explain how the group evolves over time. To do so, we use the participation/reification framework introduced by Wenger (1998) so as to integrate the necessary connection between the two streams of group dynamics : the development stream and the problem solving stream. Data were collected through a two-year participant observation, with two sets of interviews, social network analysis and document analysis. The results show that groups have to balance over time three dimensions: the identity, the affective and the instrumental. These three dimensions are characterized by specific participation/reification combinations connected with the organizational characteristics of the group.
Subjects / KeywordsGroup dynamics; identity; affect; instrumentalism
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