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Organizational body work: Efforts to shape human bodies in organizations

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In this article, we review management and organizational research that describes and explains “organizational body work”— purposeful, organizationally embedded efforts to shape human bodies. We conceptualize human bodies in terms of three dimensions—materiality, meaning, and functionality—and argue that organizational body work is constituted by programs of purposeful effort involving activities situated in and shaped by organizational life. Based on a review of 210 articles and books that fe...

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Peer reviewed

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10.5465/annals.2021.0047

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Saïd Business School
Oxford college:
Lincoln College
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Publisher:
Academy of Management
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Volume:
17
Article number:
1
Publication date:
2022-04-27
Acceptance date:
2022-04-21
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EISSN:
1941-6067
ISSN:
1941-6520
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1265820
Local pid:
pubs:1265820
Deposit date:
2022-06-27

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