Machina ex Deus? From Distributed to Orchestrated Agency

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Abstract

In this chapter, the author draws on a historical case study of the Australian wine industry to explore variations in collective agency. The inductively derived process model illustrates the emergence of a new profession of scientific win- emaking, which unfolds in three phases. Each phase is characterized by a dis- tinct form of agency: distributed agency during the earliest phase, coordinated agency during later phases, and orchestrated agency during consolidation. In addition to exploring the temporal shifts in agency, the study includes a detailed analysis of the early stages of distributed agency, examining how col- lective agency is achieved in the absence of shared intentions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187 - 208
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Volume58
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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