Suchman, L. (2000) Organising alignment:a case of bridge-building. Organization, 7 (2). pp. 311-327. ISSN 1350-5084Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|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|
|Deposited By:||Mrs Yaling Zhang|
|Deposited On:||28 Oct 2008 16:03|
|Last Modified:||07 Jan 2015 13:09|
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