Performativity as Ongoing Journeys

My latest paper — Performativity as Ongoing Journeys: Implications for Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation — was published online today. Co-authored with Raghu Garud and Thinley Tharchen (both from Pennsylvania State University), the article is forthcoming in Long Range Planning as part of a special issue on performativity.

Whereas strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation have been researched and practiced from a representational position, in this paper, we make a case for taking a performative turn. Strategists, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs are embedded-embodied actors who engage in material-discursive practices in their attempts at constituting phenomena.Overflows, which are inevitable given dispersion of agency, give rise to matters of concern for multiple stakeholder groups. Settlements between stakeholders are temporary, as phenomena will be de-constituted when constitutive arrangements change. Consequently, the projects and initiatives that strategists, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs undertake are best seen as ongoing journeys.

The paper is available through SSRN and ResearchGate.