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Organising alignment:a case of bridge-building.

Suchman, L. (2000) Organising alignment:a case of bridge-building. Organization, 7 (2). pp. 311-327. ISSN 1350-5084

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Abstract

The project of building a bridge is a canonical example of what John Law (1987) has termed `heterogeneous engineering', involving the arrangement of human and nonhuman elements into a stable artifact. This paper reports ethnographic research on the work of civil engineers engaged in designing a bridge scheduled for completion by the year 2004. My emphasis is on a view of bridge-building as persuasive performances that both rely upon and reflexively constitute the elements to be aligned. The work of designing a bridge, on this view, is as much a matter of story-telling as of analysis, calculation, and work with concrete and steel.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Organization
Uncontrolled Keywords: heterogeneous engineering ; ordering ; organizational ethnography ; performance ; planning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 19181
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2008 16:03
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/19181

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