Much of the ‘mystery’ of organizational life is hidden in plain sight in individuals' everyday communications and everyday practices. Ethnographic approaches provide in-depth and up-close understandings of how the everyday-ness of work is organized and how work organizes people in everyday organizational life.
Organizational Ethnography brings contributions from leading scholars in organizational studies that help to develop an ethnographic perspective on organizations and organizational research. The authors explore the special problems faced by organizational ethnographers, from questions of gaining access to research sites to various styles of writing ethnography, the role of friendship relations in the field, ethical issues, and standards for evaluating ethnographic work.
This book will be a useful resource for organizational scholars doing or writing ethnography in the fields of business and management, public administration, education, health care, social work, or any related field in which organizations play a role.
Chapter 6: Zooming in and Zooming Out: A Package of Method and Theory to Study Work Practices
Zooming in and Zooming Out: A Package of Method and Theory to Study Work Practices
A common theme running through contemporary organization studies is the shift towards appreciating organization as an accomplishment rather than a state and a quasi object. Cooper and Law (1995) have named this processual way of studying organizational phenomena ‘proximal’. This approach leads to organization being viewed as the result of social practices of organizing, so that organization and organizations emerge from the practical ordering of heterogeneous human, material, and symbolic elements, and from how these ways of ordering are actively interconnected and worked together.
One of the implications of this performative understanding of organization is a renewed ...