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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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Organization Work in Management and Organizational Research

Organization Work in Management and Organizational Research

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(p.148) 6 Organization 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/9780198840022.003.0006

Recently, there have emerged in management and organizational research streams of research that are based on a view of organizations compatible with a social-symbolic work perspective and which focus on forms of organization work as defined in this book. This chapter reviews three literatures on organization work in management and organizational research. For each, it introduces the type of organization work, reviews its development in management and organizational research, and explores the implications of studying it as a type of organization work. First it explores strategy work as a form of organization work, the study of which has emerged primarily within management and organizational research. Second, it examines boundary work as a form of organization work, the study of which has emerged primarily in disciplines outside of management and organizational research. Third, it examines technology work as a form of organization work, the study of which is recently emerging in both management and organizational research and other disciplines.

Keywords:   Keywords organization, organization work, strategy work, boundary work, technology work, social construction, agency

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