What is an organization? At the heart of this question lie issues of structure, agency, materiality, knowledgeability and the communicative constitution of organizations. On the one hand, everyone “knows” what an organization is and appreciates the fact that we are suspended in a web of organizations in our daily lives—a layperson's view of organizations, if you like. On the other hand, what are the boundaries of organizations? What are their interconnections? What are the relationships among various groups participating in the organization? These are questions less easily answered.

In what follows, I will develop a frame system of organizing, consistent with both Goffman's and Giddens’ perspectives and examine ...

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