Anca Metiu

Anca Metiu
ESSEC Business School, France · Management

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Based on ethnographic field research in a high-tech firm, we develop a process study of the complex and highly recursive relationship between play and the psychological safety that is key to innovation. Through our focus on play episodes, we identify several distinct play practices: generalized initiation of play; amplifying play; diffusion of play...
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We advance understandings of knowledge transfer by showing the central role of symbolic action, taking the form of ritual, in contexts characterized by worldview differences. Using qualitative data from interactions between farming communities in rural Ghana and agriculture development specialists, we examine how rituals do relational work that ena...
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Connectivity has become the foundation for organizing as it increasingly underpins and defines the way we live and work. Notwithstanding all the advances in connectivity within organizations, there are even more pervasive changes between and around organizations. In a digital world, more and more of us are working anytime, anyplace, and companies d...
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Ethnographies of work have made vital contributions to organizational studies by providing truthful images of how work is carried out in organizations. These images are the result of ethnographers’ craft that involves capturing both the pronounced and the nuanced elements of organizational life by “being there” over a long period of time, and then...
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Presentation of the paper "RITUALIZATION AND THE PROCESS OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER IN RURAL GHANA", Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015, Vancouver
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We analyze interactions among members of rural communities in Ghana and agriculture development specialists. We find that these participants in the knowledge transfer process are separated by deep knowledge boundaries, as well as by diverging worldviews (one centered on community relations, the other on market relationships). In this context, knowl...
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We analyze interactions among members of rural communities and agriculture development specialists. We find that these participants to the knowledge transformation process are separated by deep knowledge boundaries (syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic) as well as by opposing worldviews (one centered on community relations, the other on market relati...
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Using a mixed-methods approach, we develop the concept of perceived proximity, which is created through communication, shared identity, and the symbolic aspects thereof. Building on previous theoretical work, we create and validate measures of perceived proximity. Then, we compare how perceived proximity and objective distance relate to relationshi...
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The goal of this symposium is to start a discussion about the role of writing in organizational processes and to engage in careful conceptual and empirical work to help us investigate how writing supports the sharing and development of knowledge, and the co-construction of meaning and identity within and between communities. We therefore examine th...
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Distributed collaborations face significant dialogical challenges: sharing knowledge, questioning ideas, and developing new solutions. These challenges are often associated with such collaborations’ reliance on written communication such as emails and documents, which are not seen as conducive to the rich dialogues necessary for effective collabora...
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Using a mixed methods approach, we develop the concept of perceived proximity, which is cre-ated through communication, shared identity, and the symbolic aspects thereof. Building on previous theoretical work, we create and validate measures of perceived proximity. Then, we compare how perceived proximity and objective distance relate to relationsh...
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Scholars of communication and organizations have portrayed written communication as poor at supporting the dialogues involved in distributed collaboration. They tend to focus on the features of the medium to the detriment of understanding the mechanisms that make writing, as a fundamental modality of communication, adept at supporting dialogues in...
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Based on a comparative field study of two software development projects, we use ethnographic methods of observation and interview to examine the question of how interdependent individuals develop and maintain mutual focus of attention on a shared task, which we define as the group engagement process. Drawing on Randall Collins' interaction ritual t...
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This book demonstrates the power of writing in informal and formal organizations in the past and the present. It shows how writing, despite long lasting criticisms that can be traced back to Plato, and in spite of its frequent definition as a mere recording medium is in fact a creative mode of communication that supports the expression of emotions,...
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Based on a comparative field study of two software development projects, we use ethnographic methods of observation and interview to examine the question of how interdependent individuals develop and maintain mutual focus of attention on a shared task, which we define as the group engagement process. Drawing on interaction ritual theory (Collins, 1...
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We develop the concept of perceived proximity, understood as a symbolic representation of one’s faraway coworkers. We build on Wilson et al.(2008), present new validated measures of perceived proximity, and compare how perceived proximity and objective distance relate to relationship outcomes between geographically dispersed work colleagues. Our re...
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Transnational communities and the North–South divide, Individual skills are a priority in development policies concerned with bridging the socio-economic divide between the global North and South. Increased disenchantment with the models that have dominated relations between the North and the South since the end of colonialism – whether top-down or...
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We enter the debate about the possibility of collaboration and of rich exchanges among physically distant individuals by offering a literacy perspective on communication to show how the dimensions of writing enable the development of scientific communities. We illustrate this perspective with an analysis of the correspondences of one philosopher an...
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We draw on communication theories to study organizational communication from a literacy perspective. We suggest that the current debate over the capability of new media to foster the sharing and development of ideas and allow the expression of emotions, which presupposes face-to-face communication as the ideal form of communication, disappears once...
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One’s colleagues can be situated in close physical proximity, yet seem quite distant. Conversely, one’s colleagues can be quite far away in objective terms, yet seem quite close. In this paper, we explore this paradoxical phenomenon of feeling close to geographically distant colleagues and propose a model of perceived proximity (a dyadic and asymme...
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We examine the formation of women’s professional identity in a particular type of male-dominated domain, the free and open source software development communities, and more broadly in information technology. Through an ethnographic analysis of interviews and online forums discussions, we find that women experience two types of discrepancies or gaps...
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An ethnographic study of a team of software developers working on a new product across two groups—located on the West Coast of the United States and in Bangalore, India—is used to analyze status dynamics in distributed groups. Whereas existing literature has emphasized the importance of communication, task design, and incentives for cooperation, th...
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The growth of outsourcing of intellectual work has provoked a major debate in wealthy countries concerning the loss of jobs to developing countries. However, what is the limit to this distribution of work? We interviewed several software and client companies as well as conducted extended field research. The qualitative work was matched by a questio...
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The growth of a global infrastructure has enabled the spatial dispersion of work activities. The software industry permits the study of the potential and limits of new ways of organizing work over borders to exploit globally the opportunities opened by the digitalization of production and products. Based on field observations of companies in four c...
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How does the current increase in connectivity impact the sharing of knowledge, and the creation of new knowledge in the form of innovation? The ability to coordinate and manage people separated by numerous boundaries - functional, cultural, occupational, geographical - is essential to knowledge creation and innovativeness (Dougherty, 1986; Bechky,...
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We examine how interaction between mid-level managers in technical committees facilitates subsequent alliance formation in a longitudinal study of 87 cellular service providers and equipment manufacturers. Joint participation by firms in technical committees helps them identify potential alliance partners and particular opportunities for technical...
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Open-source software development is a production model that exploits the distributed intelligence of participants in Internet communities. This model is efficient because of two related reasons: it avoids the inefficiencies of a strong intellectual property regime and it implements concurrently design and testing of software modules. The hazard of...
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This study investigates the factors that influence the accomplishment and allocation of innovative work among distributed settings in the international software industry. Over the past 15 years, several major software development centers have emerged in various countries. The study uses ethnographic methods of participant observation in a dispersed...

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