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Institute of Work Based Learning Expert Seminar

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START DATE 23 February 2017
START TIME 01:30pm

CG16, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BT

END DATE 23 February 2017
END TIME 03:30pm

Professor Davide Nicolini leads a seminar on Connections in action: understanding ‘large’ social phenomena from a practice-based perspective

In this presentation, Professor Nicolini will discuss how a practice-based sensitivity can be used to address big issues and ‘large scale’ (social) phenomena.

This is of importance because practice-based sensitivities are often pigeonholed as part of micro-sociology and therefore deemed unsuitable to deal with some of the big issues of our time.

He will start by discussing how practice-based approaches helps to undermine the very idea of ‘macro phenomena’ and reject this Euclidean way of thinking in terms of size and levels of reality substituting it with notions such as pervasiveness and global presence.

He will then examine three ways in which practice oriented scholars have addressed large phenomena namely studying connections in action, examining the global within the local and engaging with scalography, the practice of assembling large scale phenomena.

For each approach, he discusses the main affordances and limitations.

He will conclude that practice theory helps us to reconsider what counts as large scale phenomena and contributes to doing away with some traditional dichotomies in social science, for example the presumed difference between micro and macro, local and global and the misplaced idea that large scale phenomena are better understood from a distance.

Biography - Davide Nicolini

Davide Nicolini is Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School where he co-directs the IKON Research Centre. In the past he has held positions at The Tavistock Institute in London and the University of Trento and Bergamo in Italy.

His work has appeared in a number of major North American and European journals. His current research focuses on the development of the practice-based approach and its application to phenomena such as knowing, collaboration, innovation and change in organizations.

This seminar is organised by Middlesex University's Institute of Work Based Learning.

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