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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

Institutional Work

(p.188) 7 Institutional Work
Constructing Organizational Life

Thomas B. Lawrence

Nelson Phillips

Oxford University Press

Institutional work involves actors purposefully engaging with their institutional contexts in order to create, modify, or disrupt institutions. In this chapter, we review the history of institutions as social-symbolic objects. We then conceptualize institutional work as a form of social-symbolic work, focusing on identifying the key dimensions of institutional work, and exploring the variety of actors engaged in institutional work.

Keywords:   institution, institutional work, agency, language, social construction

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