Making Organizational Theory Work: Institutions, Occupations, and Negotiated Orders
Organization Science, 2011

In this essay, Associate Professor Beth Bechky argues that organizational theorizing would benefit from incorporating a richer understanding of work and occupations. To demonstrate how, she turns to recent literature analyzing inhabited institutions, occupations as institutions, and occupations as negotiated orders. Bechky explores the theoretical and methodological implications of these approaches to show how they challenge some of our more abstract images of organizations. They do so by grounding their theoretical frameworks in work practices and interaction, interpretation and meaning, and understandings of occupational membership.