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Nicolas Bencherki's research adopts an ethnographic approach to study organizational communication among community-based organizations, in particular when it comes to collaboration between groups to achieve collective action. Theoretically, his work explores the notions of property and possession of action, and its sharing between persons and organizations. By recognizing that property is not limited to its legal format, it is possible to empirically observe the multiple ways the organization, as well as the persons that populate it, attribute, appropriate, give, borrow, etc., the work and the activities that make the organization act and, indeed, exist as an entity. Nicolas Bencherki's work has been published, among others, in Management Communication QuarterlyJournal of Communication, and Communication Research and Practice, and was regularly presented, including at the International Communication Association and at the annual conference of the European Group for Organizational Studies.


Postdoc, Department of Technology Management and Innovation, NYU Polytechnic Institute

Postdoc, Center for the sociology of innovation, Mines ParisTech

PhD in communication, Université de Montréal, and in sociology of action, Sciences Po Paris

Research Interests

  • Organizational communication
  • Strategy, collaboration and collective action
  • Ethnography and interaction analysis
  • Discourse, language, materiality and technology
  • Theory and philosophy of communication and organization


Publications & Presentations

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Journal articles (refereed)

Bencherki, Nicolas (In Press). A pre-individual perspective to organizational action. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 17 (4).

Vásquez, Consuelo; Bencherki, Nicolas; Cooren, François, & Sergi, Viviane (In Press). From ‘matters of concern’ to ‘matters of authority’: Studying the performativity of strategy from a communicative constitution of organization (CCO) approach. Long Range Planning. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2017.01.001

Bencherki, Nicolas; Matte, Frédérik, & Pelletier, Émilie (2016). Rebuilding Babel: a constitutive approach to tongues-in-use. Journal of Communication, 66 (5), 766-788. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcom.12250

Bencherki, Nicolas (2016). How things make things do things with words, or how to pay attention to what things have to say. Communication Research and Practice, 2 (3), 272-289. https://doi.org/10.1080/22041451.2016.1214888

Bencherki, Nicolas, & Snack, James P. (2016). Contributorship and partial inclusion: A communicative perspective. Management Communication Quarterly, 30 (3), 279-304. https://doi.org/10.1177/0893318915624163

Book chapters

Bencherki, Nicolas (2017). Actor-Network Theory. In Scott, Craig, & Lewis, Laurie (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication (p. 1-13). New York, NY : Wiley. ISBN 9781118955567 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118955567.wbieoc002

Bencherki, Nicolas (2016). Action and agency. In Bruhn Jensen, Klaus; Craig, Robert T.; Pooley, Jefferson D., & Rothenbuhler, Eric W. (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy (p. 1-13). New York, NY : Wiley. ISBN 9781118766804 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118766804.wbiect030