How Nonemployer Firms Stage-manage Ad Hoc Collaboration: An Activity Theory Analysis
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Nonemployer firms—firms with no employees—present themselves as larger, more stable firms in order to take on clients’ projects. They then achieve these projects by recruiting subcontractors, guiding the subcontractors’ interactions with clients, and coordinating subcontractors in ways that protect their team performance for the client. Using fourth generation activity theory, I examine how these firms stage-manage their ad-hoc collaborations. I conclude by describing the implications for further developing fourth-generation activity theory to study such instances of knowledge work.
At the time of publication C. Spinuzzi was at the the University of Texas at Austin.