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Serious Play as a Practice of Paradox

Matt Statler, Loizos Heracleous & Claus D. Jacobs

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abstract A recent stream of organizational research has used the term serious play to describe situations in which people engage in playful behaviors deliberately with the intention to achieve serious, work-related objectives. In this article, the authors reflect on the ambiguity of this term, and reframe serious play as a practice characterized by the paradox of intentionality (when actors engage deliberately in a fun, intrinsically motivating activity as a means to achieve a serious, extrinsically motivated work objective). This reframing not only extends the explanatory power of the concept of serious play but also helps bridge the concerns of scholars and practitioners: first, by enabling us to understand a variety of activities in organizations as serious play, which can help practitioners address specific organizational challenges; second, by recognizing the potential for emergent serious play, and the creation of the conditions to foster this emergence; third, by pointing toward specific, individual or group-level outcomes associated with the practice; and finally, by uncovering its ethical dimensions and encouraging the understanding of the role of serious play on ethical decision making.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
project Strategy as Discourse - Reconstructing a Social Practice
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 6-2011
journal Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
publisher Sage Publishing (London UK)
ISSN 0021-8863
ISSN (online) 1552-6879
DOI 10.1177/0021886311398453
volume of journal 47
number of issue 2
page(s) 236-256
review double-blind review
   
citation Statler, M., Heracleous, L., & Jacobs, C. D. (2011). Serious Play as a Practice of Paradox. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 47(2), 236-256, DOI:10.1177/0021886311398453.