Machina Ex Deus? From Distributed to Orchestrated Agency

Daniel Semper*

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    In this chapter, the author draws on a historical case study of the Australian wine industry to explore variations in collective agency. The inductively derived process model illustrates the emergence of a new profession of scientific winemaking, which unfolds in three phases. Each phase is characterized by a distinct form of agency: distributed agency during the earliest phase, coordinated agency during later phases, and orchestrated agency during consolidation. In addition to exploring the temporal shifts in agency, the study includes a detailed analysis of the early stages of distributed agency, examining how col- lective agency is achieved in the absence of shared intentions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number
    Pages (from-to)187-208
    Number of pages23
    JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2019


    • Multi-level analysis
    • forms of agency
    • longitudinal research
    • Australian wine industry
    • distributed agency
    • institutional work


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