Over the past four decades, there has been an increasing interest among management scholars in the processes through which actors intentionally shape the key "objects" of organizational life including emotions, identities, relationships, boundaries, and institutions. For each object in question, a stream of literature has developed that focuses on a kind of "work" intended to shape that object, such as emotion work (Bolton & Boyd, 2003; Hochschild, 1979), identity work (Brown, 2015; Ibarra & Barbulescu, 2010), strategy work (Jarzabkowski & Spee, 2009; Vaara & Whittington, 2012), relational work (Bandelj, 2012; Zelizer, 2012), boundary work (Gieryn, 1983; Langley et al., 2019), and institutional work (Hampel, Lawrence, & Tracey, 2017; Lawrence & Suddaby, 2006). Although these streams of research have evolved largely independently of each other, over the past few years an understanding that they are tributaries of a broader social-symbolic work perspective has emerged (Barberá-Tomás, Castelló, de Bakker, & Zietsma, 2019; Claus & Tracey, 2020; Lawrence & Phillips, 2019; Mantere & Whittington, 2021; Pradies, Tunarosa, Lewis, & Courtois, 2020). In the thematic track of PROS 2023, we will explore social-symbolic work from a process perspective and further develop this important perspective on organizations.
General process-oriented papers, theme-focused papers, in-progress papers suitable for the Paper Development Labs, and panel discussion proposals are invited. Each author may make up to 2 submissions. Interested participants must submit an extended abstract of about 1000 words for their proposed contribution by February 1st , 2023 through our main website: www.process-symposium.com