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Peter seems to be exploring a particularly rich seam of research with a number of publications in leading journals. He often uses an ANT or performative lenses which to me seems appropriate given the inherant messiness of organisational life. Often when I attend lectures or presentations on papers I hear the same criticism, 'ANT is not a theory', 'ANT by itself is insufficient to explain what has been observed'. Perhaps not, but surely no lenses is without its flaws? Isn't the role of a theory to help us contextualise what we are observing and provide space to develop our thoughts in explaining what we see?

Peter raised the concept of Callon's 'overflow' . It seems to me particularly useful to look at the unanticipated events that flow from the adoption of calculating inscriptions or adoption of risk technologies, since there are always serendipitous happenings which might be overlooked if we do not look for them. For example this afternoon, Christina Boedker is presenting on just such a serendipidous occasion. Firstly, she explains how interpretation of strategy at a local subsidiary of a global multi-national occured at the Australian subsidiary. Overflow is a good term to describe the unanticipated way things changed as a result. Secondly in spending many months at the site, she discovered something that she did not expect to find. She discovered the positive use of emotionality in the numbers. If she had been using a more proscriptive theory would she have uncovered emotionality, even love in the workplace? Or would she have dismissed it as outside her theoretical lenses or worse, not interesting, because few had written about it in an accounting context previously.

Actor Network Theory may have its critics but if it allows for surprise, if it challenges the black-boxed notions of much traditional thinking and explanation then surely it has a legitimate place in a researchers tool's of trade?