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Inscriptions without boundaries: how action at a distance is enabled on social media
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2125-3667
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Academy of Public Administration. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Public Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1477-2493
2021 (English)In: Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, ISSN 0951-3574, Vol. 34, no 9, p. 57-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of inscriptions on social media in enabling action at a distance. The purpose is addressed by investigating how and by what mechanisms inscriptions on social media can shape action at a distance.

Design/methodology/approach: We conduct a qualitative analysis of the Facebook page of a crowdfunded grassroots initiative, where the founders and their stakeholders interact.

Findings: We identify two mechanisms by which inscriptions on social media can shape action at a distance: a flow of micro-level inscriptions and a joint stabilisation of inscriptions. By signalling achievement, creating a sense of closeness and highlighting powerful explanations, these mechanisms guide what action at a distance is taken and by whom. Action thereby becomes a mutual exercise between centres of calculation and distant peripheries, highly intertwined with the stability of inscriptions. The two mechanisms indicate the importance of the boundaryless nature of the inscriptions in shaping action at a distance.

Originality/value: Our findings indicate new forms of inscriptions and, consequently, of novel conditions for action at a distance. These insights add to the literature on Web 2.0 and accounting, which has mainly revolved around the relationship between centres of calculation and distant peripheries that act upon each other rather than around the inscriptions that enable such action.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2021. Vol. 34, no 9, p. 57-79
Keywords [en]
Action at a distance, Centre of calculation, Combinability, Facebook, Inscription, Mobility, Social media, Stability, Web 2.0
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-44478DOI: 10.1108/AAAJ-07-2020-4663ISI: 000620016900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85100937892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-44478DiVA, id: diva2:1534269
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Organizing for Auditing - an essential element in governance, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
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Funded by/Finansierat av Handelsbankens Forskningsstiftelser

Available from: 2021-03-05 Created: 2021-03-05 Last updated: 2023-09-07Bibliographically approved

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