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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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Theoretical Opportunities in the Study of Social-Symbolic Work

Theoretical Opportunities in the Study of Social-Symbolic Work

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(p.243) 9 Theoretical Opportunities in the Study of Social-Symbolic Work
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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/9780198840022.003.0009

This chapter builds on the discussions in previous chapters that focused on specific forms of social-symbolic work to explore two main sets of theoretical opportunities that arise from the social-symbolic work perspective. First, opportunities arise to explore how different forms of social-symbolic work are combined in concrete situations—how actors might, for example, engage simultaneously in institutional work and organization work, and the dynamics and consequences of such a combination. Second, opportunities emerge from the connections between social-symbolic objects, and the efforts of actors to shape those connections. Before exploring those two opportunities, this chapter first reviews the forms of social-symbolic work explored in Chapters 3–8.

Keywords:   social-symbolic work, social-symbolic objects, self work, organization work, institutional work, enactment, abstraction, translation, inversion

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