Silvia Gherardi

Silvia Gherardi
Università degli Studi di Trento | UNITN · Department of Sociology and Social Research

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January 1986 - present
Università degli Studi di Trento
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Phenomenologies are an important dimension of Management and Organization Studies (MOS). They are particularly helpful to understand organizing processes as experiences instead of mere representations or objectivations of the world. Yet several misunderstandings still pervade discussions about what they are and what they could bring. This Handbook...
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Working practices are the loci of organizing and work is achieved with and through embodied beings. Embodiment is thus a concept that has its roots in Merleau-Ponty’s definition of flesh and that has flourished in feminist new materialism acknowledging social production as constituted by non-human forces as well as human actions. This approach aims...
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This chapter presents an imaginary conversation between the author and Kathleen Stewart around their common passions and doubts. It is an experiment with a creative writing aimed at performing affect rather than writing about affect. The conversation takes place during an encounter in a daydream and the text that follows is a collage, a literary wo...
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This edited book takes up the challenge that process philosophy and process ontology pose to conventional, entity-based empirical research, even daring to question the relevance of ‘methodology’ in contemporary process organization studies. A process ontology demands re-imagining and ongoing re-invention of how researchers inquire into and engage w...
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This edited book takes up the challenge that process philosophy and process ontology pose to conventional, entity-based empirical research, even daring to question the relevance of ‘methodology’ in contemporary process organization studies. A process ontology demands re-imagining and ongoing re-invention of how researchers inquire into and engage w...
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The literature on practice is rather extensive and often common sense understanding of practice – as opposed to theory – is prevalent. Practice is a polysemic concept and multiple ways of interpreting it result both in the richness of point of view and in the difficulties of elaborating a coherent framework. According to Sandberg and Tsoukas (2015)...
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The chapter illustrates the contribution of practice epistemology to the study of management and organization. It argues that practice theories are particularly suited to answer a simple question. What do managers ‘do’ when they manage? The nature of managerial work is still an open question, and a posthumanist practice theory addresses it blurring...
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The emerging field of responsible management (RM) studies the integration of sustainability, responsibility, and ethics in managerial practices. Therefore, turning to practice theories for the study of RM appears to hold great promise of conceptual and methodological contribution. We propose a posthumanist practice approach for studying RM-as-pract...
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The emerging field of responsible management (RM) studies the integration of sustainability, responsibility, and ethics in managerial practices. Therefore, turning to practice theories for the study of RM appears to hold great promise of conceptual and methodological contribution. We propose a posthumanist practice approach for studying RM-as-pract...
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CFP of the 12th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) workshop about "Posthumanist Organizing and Posthumanist Management".
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This paper dwells on the metaphor of shadow organising for exploring what happens in the space of the 'not-yet data'. It wonders what we do to 'data' and what 'data' do to us, to our subjectivities as professionals. It deals with elusive knowledges and how professionals construct what counts as 'data' and what is discarded as 'no-data'. Taking a po...
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The article presents the case of Piazza San Carlo, Torino, 3rd June 2017. That evening, in the main square of Torino, large screens were showing the last act of the Champions League. Thousands of Juventus fans - about 30,000 in fact - were gathered there to attend the Juventus-Real Madrid match. The unhappy outcome of that cheery evening left 1,527...
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Practice-based approaches to knowing, learning, innovating, and managing have thrived in recent years. Calling upon numerous narratives from a range of research fields, the author offers insight into the many possibilities of practice research, highlighting the inextricable links between humans and technology as the key emergent trend in management...
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Purpose This paper aims to offer a perspective to interpret qualitative data drawing on the introduction of the notion of “embodied practice-based research”. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on a comprehensive literature review to support a meta-theoretical approach, we developed a theoretical essay. Findings The body is not only a field of st...
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Abstracts by chapter 1. Practice as accomplishment This chapter illustrates how a working practice may be analysed approaching it as an ongoing accomplishment. The simple practice of an express delivery courier illustrates work in the gig economy. An ethnomethodological sensibility transpires through it and opens to the paradigm of situated action...
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Practice-based approaches to knowing, learning, innovating, and managing are thriving in the last years and a compass to get oriented in such a diversity is needed. This book aims to provide the readers with a methodological orientation, avoiding being a prescriptive methodological book. Rather it presents them a storytelling style, narrating stori...
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The discussion of responsible management learning and education (RMLE) has developed from a preoccupation with business schools’ (ir)responsible education practices, more specifically, practices centered on educating responsible managers. We have learnt much about the academic field’s responsible management education practices. However, we still kn...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibilities opened up by those messy, unclear and indeterminate data in research situations that may be described as being in the shadow and may as such remain in a state of vagueness and indeterminacy. Design/methodology/approach The paper draws on the extant literature on shadow organizing an...
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The discussion of responsible management learning and education (RMLE) has developed from a preoccupation with b usiness schools' (ir)responsible education practices, more specifically, practices centered on educating responsible managers. We have learnt much about the academic field's responsible management education practices. However, we still k...
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This chapter draws on post-humanist practice theory (Gherardi, 2017) to discuss managing responsibly. This chapter does not advocate for the study of managers as individuals or collectives, nor managerial work and activities as isolates-but rather for the study of the social and material effects of their interconnections. It is argued that a normat...
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The discussion of responsible management learning and education (RMLE) has developed from a preoccupation with business schools' (ir)responsible education practices, more specifically, practices centered on educating responsible managers. We have learnt much about the academic field's responsible management education practices. However, we still kn...
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This article offers a reflection around the question of ‘do we need ‘gender’ any longer?’ In taking up this problem and inspired by the way in which postqualitative inquiry has opened a conversation with Deleuzian philosophy and formulated a ‘concept as/instead of method’ line of thought, I wonder whether new images of thought might give the concep...
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This article introduces a new label, ‘Affective Ethnography’, and grounds it within the debates on post-qualitative methodologies and affective methodologies. Affective ethnography is theorized as a style of research practice that acknowledges that all elements—texts, actors, materialities, language, agencies—are already entangled in complex ways,...
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This chapter proposes to look at safety as a collective knowledgeable doing, i.e. a competency embedded in working practices. Therefore, by adopting a practice-based approach to inquire into how work is actually accomplished, we can study how knowing safe and safer working practices is kept and maintained within situated ways of working and talking...
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Purpose Affect is relevant for organization studies mainly for its potential to reveal the intensities and forces of everyday organizational experiences that may pass unnoticed or pass in silence because they have been discarded from the orthodoxy of doing research “as usual.” The paper is constructed around two questions: what does affect “do” in...
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A social perspective on knowledge does not exist independently of social relations and social practices. This chapter illustrates the travel of ideas around knowledge management within a social perspective through three processual activities: sharing knowledge and keeping knowledge alive within a community’s practices; embedding knowledge in materi...
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A social perspective on knowledge does not exist independently of social relations and social practices. The chapter illustrates the travel of ideas around ‘knowledge managing’ within a social perspective through three processual activities: sharing knowledge and keeping knowledge alive within a community’s practices; embedding knowledge in materia...
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his paper explores the role and meaning of medical information against the backdrop of new digi- tal tools that allow for new forms of data management and sharing within the healthcare management network. The research investigates data management practices by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes as they are enabled by a Personal Health Record t...
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This paper explores the role and meaning of medical information against the backdrop of new digital tools that allow for new forms of data management and sharing within the healthcare management network. The research investigates data management practices by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes as they are enabled by a Personal Health Record to...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe how organizational members became storywriters of an important process of organizational change. Writing became a practice designed to create a space, a time and a methodology with which to author the process of change and create a learning context. The written stories produced both the subjectivity...
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L’articolo rivisita gli anni 1998-2008 della rivista Sociologia del Lavoro attraverso una ‘lente’ particolare che cercherà di rendere visibili le ‘tracce’ che il dibattito sulla gestione della conoscenza ed i lavoratori della conoscenza ha lasciato nella rivista. Attraverso queste tracce, s’intende ricollegare e ricostruire i legami tra questa rivi...
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Purpose – The article describes how organizational members became storywriters of an important process of organizational change. Writing became a practice designed to create a space, a time, and a methodology with which to author the process of change and create a learning context. The written stories produced both the subjectivity of practical aut...
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In this article, we illustrate some principal features of Pareyson’s philosophical aesthetics and their relevance within aesthetic organizational research and the study of social practice in organization. In his main work on aesthetics, Estetica: Teoria della formatività, written during the Fifties, the Italian philosopher proposes a personalistic...
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In this chapter the theme of competence is addressed in relation to a processual approach to discursive practices. The object " competence " is constructed differently within three main discourses: entity-based, rela-tional, and practice-based. We shall problematize how language constructs competence as a research object. In other words, what happe...
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The turn to affect needs to assume a stable discursive position on its importance in relation to the literature on practice; nevertheless, the issue is not whether affect is important, but why and how it is so. In fact, all agency unfolds with a certain degree of affect, and almost all social practices affect their participants to various degrees....
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The turn to affect needs to assume a stable discursive position on its importance in relation to the literature on practice; nevertheless, the issue is not whether affect is important, but why and how it is so. In fact, all agency unfolds with a certain degree of affect, and almost all social practices affect their participants to various degrees....
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The article poses the question of whether in the past ten years the empirical study of knowledge practices has lost momentum and the energy to continue in redefining the status of knowledge in contemporary society and in organization studies. It illustrates how the intellectual movement that has been made possible by the empirical study of knowing...
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The turn to practice has been prominent in the community of Management Learning and still occupies an important place in the debate that approaches practice from the standpoint of learning and knowing. On considering how the turn to practice contributes to the ongoing conversation on post-epistemologies, one notes a convergence with another ‘turn’....
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A posthumanist practice theory – which grants equal status to humans and non-humans – provides the context for a discussion of the concept of sociomaterial practices. The constitutive entanglement of the social and the material within a practice is illustrated in three different contexts. I start by focusing on the sociomateriality of bodies in the...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to conceive “organizing” as an indeterminate process taking place in the interstices of intra-acting elements, beyond visible/rational/intentional organizing. The term intra-activity refers to relationships between multiple elements (human and more-than-human) that are understood not to have clear or distinct bo...
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Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop an interpretative framework of induction as a social practice in order to examine the ecology of the human and non-human actors involved in the production of induction as a social effect. Design – Three case studies are conducted in different types of organizations (private, public, and net...
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Luigi Pareyson wrote: “the whole of spiritual life is in some way ‘art’: in every field of human industriousness nothing can be done without also inventing in some way how it is to be done” (Pareyson, 1954: 63). Therefore, if we want to follow in Pareyson’s steps and appreciate his contribution to organization and management studies, we can see man...
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Questo capitolo si colloca entro il programma di studi iniziato da Mol (2008), nel quale la logica della cura è posta in opposizione alla logica neo-liberale della libera scelta. Inoltre il nostro contributo mira ad arricchire quel filone di studi sul legame tra le tecnologie e la cura che è stato aperto da Mol e colleghi nel 2010. Esso è stato art...
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The journal Organization was a precursor of the turn to practice with its 2000 special issue and the burgeoning number of special issues between 2000 and 2011 testifies to the vitality of a field under construction. Nowadays, the consolidation of the field makes it possible to start to understand and spell out differences and, in so doing, to promo...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to develop an interpretative framework of induction as a social practice to examine the ecology of the human and non-human actors involved in the production of induction as a social effect. Design/methodology/approach Three case studies are conducted in different types of organizations (private, public and netw...
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Care is not an innate human capacity; rather, it is an organizational competence, a situated knowing that a group of professionals enact while attending to their everyday tasks. We propose a post-humanist practice approach to reading care as a matter of concern for those producing care and for society at large. Care is framed as a collective knowle...
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Purpose – This paper aims to explore gender and legitimacy in family business succession. Design/methodology/approach – Within the theoretical framework of French pragmatic sociology, the authors conceptualise the family business as the locus where two regimes of engagement are present, generating the co-presence of two orders of worth, namely the...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the ten years of the journal through a personal reflection. Design/methodology/approach – A review of the articles published in the last ten years. Findings – I argue that what has distinguished QROM in these ten years are two distinctive features: reflexivity on practices of qualitative res...
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The journal Organization was a precursor of the turn to practice with its 2000 Special Issue, and the burgeoning number of special issues between 2000 and 2011 testifies to the vitality of a field under construction. Nowadays, the consolidation of the field makes it possible to start to understand and spell out differences and, in so doing, to prom...
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Care is not an innate human capacity; rather, it is an organizational competence, a situated knowing that a group of professionals enact while attending to their everyday tasks. We propose a post-humanist practice approach to reading care as a matter of concern for those producing care and for society at large. Care is framed as a collective knowle...
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This article illustrates the gendering of entrepreneurship as an intertwined process of gendering and entrepreneuring that can commence from the analysis of a single situated practice. The practice I explore is deemed 'authoring own-self as entrepreneur', that is, how the 'I' is authored through narrative and discursive processes, mobilized in the...
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Working life studies and practice-based studies have a common interest for work, and how work is accomplished in situated working conditions. The turn to practice may contribute to renew the study of work. The main concern of a practice-based approach to working practices is to understand the logic of the situation and the performance of action as...
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The philosophical aesthetics of the Italian philosopher Luigi Pareyson is discussed in a dialogue between the two authors with reference to its importance in understanding practice in organizational life and in Practice-based Theory of organization.
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PuThe article illustrates the Italian process of work precarisation and the collective resistance of precarious workers. It interprets them in terms of the birth of a collective identity that conducts a critique against precariousness while developing learning resources. Through discursive analysis of the Serpica Naro catwalk, organised in the area...
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This chapter explores the potential of the sociology of practice by reviewing the intellectual tradition that can be considered as the basis for practice-based studies (PBS). A distinction is drawn between considering practice as an empirical object and considering it as a relational epistemology with which knowledge can be produced on the basis of...
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This article illustrates the gendering of entrepreneurship as an intertwined process of gendering and entrepreneuring that can commence from the analysis of a single situated practice. The practice I explore is deemed 'authoring own-self as entrepreneur', that is, how the 'I' is authored through narrative and discursive processes, mobilized in the...
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Organizational learning is a relatively recent metaphor for the organization that matches two concepts - learning and organization - and enables exploration of the organization as if it were endowed with a stock of knowledge, skills, and expertise. A short history of the concept will illustrate its development in organization studies. During the 20...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the contribution offered by Wolff’s sociology of knowledge to organizational ethnography and to enrich the lexicon of practice-based studies with the concept of surrender-and-catch. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on Wolff’s writing, the surrender-and-catch perspective is introduced and ho...
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The chapters in this book have focused on what is apparently a single issue, and which is denoted by the expression ‘practice-based learning’. However, consideration of this theme through many different lenses and from diverse points of view has had the effect of constructing an approach whereby the topic has become broader and more nuanced. What h...
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The collection of papers that comprise this edited monograph addresses issues confronting universities’ attempts to integrate practice-based learning in higher education curriculum. It is through accounts and analyses of activities that the kinds and extents of this jostling of cultures within and amongst the academy, industry, government and profe...
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This article addresses the relationship between gender and management as intertwined discursive practices. Following a constructive controversial approach, we proposed to the students to complete a short story in which they have to give a feedback either to a fictitious female or to a male boss. The article has a dual aim since it offers a reflecti...
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Structured Abstract: Purpose: The article is devoted to illustrate the contribution offered by Wolff’s sociology of knowledge to organizational ethnography and to practice-based studies. Design: Drawing on Wolff’s writing, the surrender-and-catch perspective is introduced and how to be inspired by it is illustrated in relation to three working prac...
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The aim of the paper is to illustrate how doing gender and doing entrepreneurship form a single intertwined social practice. It is based on an empirical analysis of women's narratives about their becoming entrepreneurs. Five plots are identified: the women who positioned themselves as the creators of their businesses; those who define themselves as...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to address the relationships between gender and management in the narratives of students. More specifically, the authors discuss how the discourse on management is mobilized as a discursive practice able to make some form of that activity thinkable and practicable: who can be a CEO? What kind of managerial com...
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A practice-based interpretative framework for reading the process of becoming a professional as a social practice is developed to examine the ecology of the human and non-human actors involved in induction to the organization and seduction by the profession. We argue that professionals undergo induction into the organization while they undergo sedu...
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A practice-based interpretative framework for reading the process of becoming a professional as a social practice is developed to examine the ecology of the human and non-human actors involved in induction to the organization and seduction by the profession. We argue that professionals undergo induction into the organization while they undergo sedu...
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The traditional approaches to entrepreneurship thus tend to reproduce a specific normative economic model (that of market capitalism) which takes it for granted that development of this model will be beneficial the system as a whole. In their attempt to identify an allegedly universal form of market-based entrepreneurship, the dominant theoretical...
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Signatures will be read as (un)stable traces of professional knowledges, practices, and identities. The paper intends to propose a theoretical framework to explore the sociomateriality of signature in occupational and professional practices. This exploration will be conducted by assuming a practice-based approach to “signing in practice” and theref...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to add a new term to the vocabulary of practice-based studies: “formativeness”, which denotes the kind of knowledge that is generated in the process of realizing the object of the practice and that is discovered while the form of the object is being shaped. This term focuses the analysis on how the elements of...

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This project gathers all the Call For Papers of the Organizations, Artifacts & Practices (OAP) workshop from 2011 till today. OAP is an annual event focused on ontological and philosophical discussions about organizing in a digital age. It gathers researchers from organization studies, management, philosophy, anthropology, history, among other fields. It covers topics such as the materiality, temporality, historicity and spatiality of organizing in a digital age. OAP has been founded in 2011 by François-Xavier de Vaujany and Nathalie. It is co-chaired each year by different convenors constituting gradually its team of 'coordinators'. OAP has a very open governance inspired by open science practices. It has no 'members'. Is part of OAP whoever feels part of it. All OAP events are free, open to all and collectively documented.
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The project traces the trajectory of 10 years of studying the "making of diabetes". The investigation started to support the design of a Personal Health Record for people with diabetes and, over the years, it become an exploration of many of the multifaceted aspects of the social relations among the network of patients, associations, healthcare professionals and technology providers.