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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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Institutional Work in Management and Organizational Research

Institutional Work in Management and Organizational Research

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(p.218) 8 Institutional 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/9780198840022.003.0008

Although the study of institutional work developed relatively recently it has inspired a significant body of research investigating how agents purposefully engage with their institutional context in order to create, modify, or disrupting institutions. The focus of that research has, however, remained relatively narrow—oriented around practices and the discursive dimension of institutional work. This chapter examines two types of institutional work. First, it explores practice work as a form of institutional work, the study of which represents a core focus in management and organizational research. Second, it examines category work, the study of which is only emerging in management and organizational research.

Keywords:   institution, institutional work, practice work, category work, social construction, agency

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