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This paper introduces the notion of ensembles to understand the way object-related activities are instantiated in practice. An ensemble is an intermediate unit of work between action and activity in the hierarchical framework proposed by classical activity theory. Ensembles are the midlevel of activity, offering more flexibility than objects, but more purposeful structure than actions. We discuss the value of the notion of ensembles to close a conceptual gulf not adequately addressed indoi:10.1108/09593840910962195 fatcat:izzr73reszbohb35sfdsl3ave4