Connecting Values to Action: Non-Corporeal Actants and Choice

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(2019), "Prelims", Hartt, C.M. (Ed.) Connecting Values to Action: Non-Corporeal Actants and Choice, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-x.



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Acknowledgements vii
List of Abbreviations ix
Chapter 1 Introduction
Christopher M. Hartt 1
Chapter 2 A Mighty River and its Story-Acts: An Approach to Capture a More Holistic Network of Agencies
Shelley T. Price, Christopher M. Hartt, Denise Cole and Alexandra (Ali) Barnes 19
Chapter 3 History in the Making: Following the Failed Attempt of Wolfgang Langewiesche in Pan American Airways History Project
Nicholous M. Deal, Albert J. Mills, Jean Helms Mills and Gabrielle Durepos 37
Chapter 4 Accounting Narratives: The Presentation of History in Budget Making
Lawrence T. Corrigan 53
Chapter 5 Research as Dance, Surfacing Complex Ideas: Explanation of Basic Method of Interrogating NCAs, A Guide to Researchers
Christopher M. Hartt 69
Chapter 6 These Lips are No Longer Sealed: Restorying Non-Corporeal Connections Through Mitzi Wall’s First Seal Hunt
Shelley T. Price, Christopher M. Hartt, Mitzi Wall, Megan Baker and Tammy Williams 83
Chapter 7 Comparing Institutional Theory and Actor-Network Theory Through the Historical Development of Meritocracy
Keshav Krishnamurty 99
Chapter 8 NCAs in Prospection, #DeleteUber, #MeToo and Time’s Up: The Role of Social Media in the Changing of Corporate Values
Christopher M. Hartt and Gretchen G. Pohlkamp 113
Chapter 9 Controversy as a Non-Corporeal Actant in the Community of Management Historians
Milorad M. Novicevic and Albert J. Mills 129
Chapter 10 Recovering Through Othering: An NCA Antidote to Existential Anxiety
Anthony R. Yue 145
Chapter 11 Steam Dream
Luc Peters 157
Chapter 12 Is History Corporeal?
Christopher M. Hartt 171
Chapter 13 Controversies in NCA Theory
Christopher M. Hartt 185
Index 199


This work would not exist without my wife Gretchen Pohlkamp (co-author of Chapter 8). She supports my work not just emotionally but also through reading, commenting, suggesting improvements and most importantly, pointing out the parts that are incomprehensible. It is likely that no one would understand my ideas without her input.

In addition, I’d like to thank all the co-authors who have become friends. Each has come aboard the project in the manner of a team: reviewing and making suggestions on each other’s chapters and the volume as a whole. They bought into my vision of a coherent tome, not quite one voice but voices in conversation. Special mention should be given to Jean Helms Mills who mentored me through the Sobey PhD program and along with Gabie Durepos, Amy Thurlow and Albert Mills helped me understand where my ideas came from and how they fit in the literature.

As I worked on this project over the past couple of years I realised that the impetus for the line of thought may come from something my boss from 1986 to 1996 at The Victoria General Hospital who would say, ‘Logic is not a useful tool’. Since logic was my primary tool, this frustrated me but over time I began to realise that decisions are rarely made solely on logos. Ethos (character) and pathos (emotions) play a significant and frequently larger role, so thank you to all of the illogical decision makers in our health care system.

Finally, I thank my children Joshua and Noah Pohlkamp-Hartt. Parenting is an experience which provides many opportunities to recognise the lack of logic in our decisions. Our boys have provided me with insight into the illogical decisions of others by recognising the complete lack of careful thinking in many of my own. Reflexive analysis of my own stupidity has been a great learning experience. Providentially, they are resilient; and I am the proud father of two grown men, generally immune from my decisions, enrolling their own NCAs and reflecting on their own choices.

List of Abbreviations

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ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AH ANTi-History
ANT Actor-Network Theory
BCE Before Common Era
CNBC Consumer News and Business Channel
CNN Cable News Network
COO Chief Operating Officer
CS Critical Sensemaking Theory
EC European Council
EU European Union
F = ma Force equals mass times acceleration (Newton’s second law)
FLW Frank Lloyd Wright
GAAP Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GHB Gamma-hydroxybutyrate
HLM Hierarchical Linear Modelling
IFAW International Fund for Animal Welfare
IIM Indian Institutes of Management
IPO Initial Public Offering
Ipsos Mori Formed by Merger of IPSOS and Market & Opinion Research International (IPSOS was formed in Paris from the French Institute of Public Opinion and ISOS (acronym undefined)
MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MOH Management and Organisational History
NCA Non-Corporeal Actant (sometimes actor)
NIPP nacionalnih izvora prostornih podataka – Croation Government Research Institute
Orb(sic) for respect to animals an Anti-Fur NGO
PAA or Pan Am Pan American World Airways
PBS Public Broadcast System
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
RC Regional Council
SCADTA Sociedad Colombo Alemana de Transporte Aereo (an airline)
TNO Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Dutch Consulting Research Company
TNS Taylor Nelson Sofres was the founder of this German market research company
US or U.S.A. United States of America
VC Venture Capital (ist)
WTO World Trade Organisation