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Constructing Organizational LifeHow Social-Symbolic Work Shapes Selves, Organizations, and Institutions$
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Thomas B. Lawrence and Nelson Phillips

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198840022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198840022.001.0001

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Self Work in Management and Organizational Research

Self Work in Management and Organizational Research

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(p.82) 4 Self Work in Management and Organizational Research
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Constructing Organizational Life
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Thomas B. Lawrence

Nelson Phillips

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840022.003.0004

The study of self work is one of the oldest and most developed areas of management and organizational research that focuses on social-symbolic work. This chapter reviews three literatures on self work in management and organization research. For each, it introduces the type of self work, reviews its development in management and organizational research, and explores the implications of studying it as a type of self work. First, the chapter explores how the concept of self work can help organize an extensive and well-developed literature through a discussion of emotion work. Second, it explores how the concept of self work can extend an existing research area by using the example of identity work. Third, it explores how a social-symbolic work perspective can motivate a new stream of literature by examining career work as a form of self work that remains largely unresearched.

Keywords:   self work, emotion work, emotional labor, identities, identity work, careers, career work, social construction, agency

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