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What does ANT stand for?

ANT stands for Actor-Network Theory

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This essay's objective is to develop a deeper understanding of governance (its mechanisms and networks) and strategic outcomes, based upon governance network theory (Rhodes, 1997, 2007), strategic outcomes (Bulgacov, Souza, Prohmann, Coser, & Baraniuk, 2007; Matitz, 2009), strategy as practice (Golsorkhi, Rouleau, Seidl, & Vaara, 2010; Johnson, Langley, Melin, & Whittington, 2007), and Actor-Network Theory (Latour, 1994a, 1994b, 1996a, 2000, 2001, 2005; Law, 1992; Wessells, 2007).
Actor-Network Theory (4) takes this a step further in arguing that the shaping of technology by humans has resulted in human reliance on technology, such that technology also shapes us.
Since the original publication of the Uppsala model in 1977, theoretical and methodological developments within literatures such as structuration and actor-network theory, that are capable of bridging structure and agency, have been developed and present productive opportunities for advancing internationalisation research (Whittington 1992, Law 1992, Fox 2000, Pozzebon 2004).
The paper outlines three common figuring metaphors that impede the adoption of such a theoretical discourse and shows how Actor-Network Theory (ANT), more recently developed in the nascent field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), reframes sociological theory--and specifically, what it means to be a "social actor"--to allow for a more comprehensive accounting of the interactions of humans and nonhumans in the fabrication of the social.