Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings includes abstracts of all papers and symposia presented at the annual conference, plus 6-page abridged versions of the “Best Papers” accepted for inclusion in the program (approximately 10%). Papers published in the Proceedings are abridged because presenting papers at their full length could preclude subsequent journal publication. Please contact the author(s) directly for the full papers.

Pebble in Still Water: How Implementing 3D Printing Reconfigures Boundary Relations in a Hospital

    This paper examines how occupations mobilize, expand or defend their jurisdictional boundaries while simultaneously collaborating when a new technological innovation creates upheaval. We report on a two-year, longitudinal qualitative study of how medical 3D printing – a technology that transforms digital models into physical objects – was implemented in a UK hospital organization. We adopt a practice lens for examining boundary work practices as enacted by different occupational groups, viewing boundaries as relational, dynamic, and in a state of becoming. We extend theory on how occupations enact boundary work practices not only during adversarial encounters but also during multidisciplinary collaboration across disciplinary and knowledge boundaries. We focus on how jurisdictional boundaries are challenged over time; how new competencies are developed, new roles established, status and legitimacy challenged or reinforced and with what occupational consequences for the groups involved. Our findings highlight the ongoing jurisdictional contestations between four groups, presenting an opportunity for unpacking how the materiality of artifacts and spaces is constitutive of the way occupations mobilize, maintain and expand their jurisdictional boundaries.

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