Sociomaterial Processes of Category Emergence and Naturalization

This past week, at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston, I was part of a workshop entitled: Revealing the Cultural in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The other presenters, discussants and organizers included included:

  • Jean Clarke; University of Leeds
  • Joep Cornelissen; VU University Amsterdam
  • Davide Ravasi; Bocconi University
  • Tyler Wry; University of Pennsylvania
  • Krsto Pandza; University of Leeds
  • Howard Aldrich; University of North Carolina
  • Miriam Wolf; University of Leeds
  • Robin Holt; University of Liverpool
  • Charlotte Coleman; University of Leeds

My talk was on Sociomaterial Processes of Category Emergence and Naturalization. It drew on two of my existing papers, as well as ongoing work.

The presentation is available through Slideshare.

Categorization by Association Paper Reviewed in ASQ

My first publication — Categorization by Association: Nuclear Technology and Emission-Free Electricity — was coauthored with Raghu Garud and Peter Karnøe and appeared in Research in the Sociology of Work, Volume 21: Institutions and Entrepreneurship, edited by Wesley D. Sine and Robert J. David. Other contributors to the volume included W. Richard Scott, Howard Aldrich, Mary Ann Glynn, Candace Jones, Stephen J. Mezias, Theresa K. Lant, Paul Ingram, Chad Navis, Jason Owen-Smith, Paul Ingram, Philippe Monin and others.

The entire volume was reviewed in the latest issue of Administrative Science Quarterly by Klaus Weber of Northwestern University. According to Weber, the eleven chapters “work well as a collection, balancing diversity with a clear sense that the contributors are indeed part of the same conversation.”

Regarding our chapter, Weber writes:

In “Categorization by Association: Nuclear Technology and Emission-free Electricity,” Garud, Gehman, and Karnøe examine entrepreneurial meaning-making. Their study documents changes in the associative meanings of nuclear technology over several decades and provides an account of the agents and material arrangements that influenced this evolution.

Categorization by Association can be downloaded for free at SSRN.