How is Brilliance Enacted in Professional Practices? Insights from the Theory of Practice Architectures


  • Nick Hopwood University of Technology, Sydney
  • Ann Dadich Western Sydney University
  • Chris Elliot St George Hospital
  • Kady Moraby South Australia Women’s and Children’s Health Network



Brilliance has been overlooked in studies of professional work. This study aimed to understand how brilliant practices are made possible and enacted in a multidisciplinary paediatric feeding clinic, where professionals from different disciplines work together and with parents and carers of children. The existing literature has thematically described brilliance but not theorised how it is accomplished and enabled. Using video reflexive ethnographic methods, the study involved the video-recording of 17 appointments and two reflexive discussions with the participating professionals, who selected and reviewed five episodes exemplifying brilliant care. These were analysed through three themes: carer-friendly and carer-oriented practice; ways of working together; and problem-solving in actu (in the very act of doing). Using the theory of practice architectures, we explored brilliant practices as complexes of sayings, doings, and relatings, identifying the arrangements that enabled those practices and the forms of praxis involved.


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Author Biography

Nick Hopwood, University of Technology, Sydney

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts adn Social Sciences




How to Cite

Hopwood, N., Dadich, A., Elliot, C., & Moraby, K. (2021). How is Brilliance Enacted in Professional Practices? Insights from the Theory of Practice Architectures. Professions and Professionalism, 11(2).




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