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Between eternity and actualization: the co-evolution of the fields of communication in the Vatican


  • de Vaujany, François-Xavier


Most research on structuration or the appropriation of ICT in organizations has put aside the problem of dyschronies. It has not taken into account the differences in nature, speed, and temporality of changes that co-exist within an organization. To address this limitation, the author of this paper suggests a model based on the theory of practice and neo-institutionalist perspectives, so as to make sense of the co-evolution of intra-organizational fields. This model, which proposes a balance between various institutional tensions, has been worked out inductively from a longitudinal case study on communication fields within the Roman Curia, the administrative headquarters of the Catholic Church located in the Vatican. These tensions are related to socio-technical, socio-theological, socio-organizational, and socio-economic areas. A set of propositions regarding the link between intra-organizational fields and tensions and the relationships between intra-organizational fields (parallel, convergent, and competing evolutions) is proposed.

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  • de Vaujany, François-Xavier, 2006. "Between eternity and actualization: the co-evolution of the fields of communication in the Vatican," MPRA Paper 4082, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:4082

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    1. David Daokui Li & Junxin Feng & Hongping Jiang, 2006. "Institutional Entrepreneurs," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(2), pages 358-362, May.
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    2. François-Xavier De Vaujany, 2011. "A New Perspective On The Genealogy Of Collective Action Through The History Of Religious Organisations," Post-Print hal-00644412, HAL.
    3. François-Xavier De Vaujany & Sabine Carton & Nathalie Mitev & Cécile Romeyer, 2014. "Applying and theorizing institutional frameworks in IS research: a systematic comparison from 1999 to 2009," Post-Print hal-01648098, HAL.

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    Keywords: Dyschronies; structuration; intra-organizational fields; communication; medias; ICT; Roman Curia;

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    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General

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