Strong structuration theory and management research

One day workshop


Key Speaker:
Rob Stones, University of Western Sydney Australia, author of Structuration Theory

In 2005 the sociologist Rob Stones published what has been described as the most important development of structuration theory since Giddens himself turned to other matters (Bryant and Jary, 2011). Now widely called Strong Structuration Theory, it moves away from the relatively abstract ontology in which Giddens was interested, and encourages researchers to explore empirical case studies of particular agents and structures, where individual agents are situated in a web of position-practice relations. Whilst the duality of structure remains its defining construct, Stones asserts that the duality is best understood through analysis of a quadripartite framework of interrelated components, comprising external structures, internal structures, active agency and outcomes. This framework represents an ontologically distinct version of structuration theory, where Stones gives greater prominence to spatial relations and how different actors interact with one another; and, by means of identifying a sliding scale of ontological abstraction, offers the potential for multi-layered studies of sociological phenomena. Stones also strengthens structuration theory by paying much more explicit attention than Giddens to issues of epistemology and methodology.

Strong structuration theory is being applied across management disciplines, including in accounting, operations, marketing, IS, and in empirical studies of different social and organisational environments.

Rob Stones will be talking about his more recent developments in strong structuration and how the theory is being applied in different disciplines.  There will also be presentations of recent projects in management research, in which theoretical aspects of strong structuration will be debated.  The afternoon session will be a workshop discussion in which participants can develop their knowledge and understanding of using strong structuration theory in the design and analysis of empirical case studies. 

The workshop is open to all established and early career researchers interested in the use of social theories in management research.


localization :

IAE de Paris - Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

21 rue Broca
75240 PARIS cedex 05

Metro : Censier-Daubenton, Gobelins (ligne 7)
RER : Port-Royal (ligne B)
Bus : 91 - 83 - 21 - 27 - 47

Rooms :

9:30 - 11:00 :
11:00 - 17:00 :

Conference Room - 7th floor

Contact :

For further details

Frédéric Gautier

Lisa Jack

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