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Abstract

SILVA, Alfredo Rodrigues Leite da; CARRIERI, Alexandre de Pádua  and  SOUZA, Eloisio Moulin de. A constructionist approach for the study of strategy as social practice. BAR, Braz. Adm. Rev. [online]. 2012, vol.9, n.spe, pp. 1-18. ISSN 1807-7692.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1807-76922012000500002.

The goal of this paper is to present an analytical perspective of strategy as social practice in organizations by the articulation of proposals by Foucault, Certeau and Moscovici on social dynamics. To accomplish its intents it discusses the convergences and divergences between social dynamics in Foucault (1972, 1999, 2003a, 2003b), knowledge, power and subjectivities from Moscovici (1961), and Social Representation Theory (SRT) as articulated with the concept of everyday strategies and tactics by Certeau (1990). The paper presents the micro and macro delineations in investigations involving strategy-making practices in organizations over time. The studies of strategy as social practices are focused only on the micro-social level of CEO practices in organizations and don't consider the involvement of these practices at the macro-social level. Thus, this paper aims at acknowledging the roles played by experimentation and by the researcher's theoretical position, but also at offering the actors an opportunity to present the micro and macro aspects that involve their strategy practices in a given organization. This way, a dynamic reference is obtained that allows for the comparison of empirical data in the analysis of strategy as a social practice.

Keywords : discourse; social practices; social representation theory; strategy.

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