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The Fight for Profitability: Economic calculations as boundary objects of action

The paper focuses on the role of economic calculations as an active, non-human actor in the dispute over Alavus heating plant in 1993. The calculations acted as an important boundary object both in the creation of competitive co-operation networks and in the creation of common ground for communication between the disputing participants. The calculations were not only passive resources for argumentation: they were performative. They affected the formation of socio-material network by homogenising and centralising heterogenous elements and constituting relations between them. Therefore, the calculations in interaction with other actors actively constituted the actual object of decision making.