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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 Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, Organization Studies, 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. Nicolas Bencherki is a member of the editorial board of journals Communication et professionalisation, Management Communication Quarterly and Organization Studies, and he is a co-coordinator of the "Communication, Performativity and Organization" standing working group 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


Course not available in the current term

  • COM 5005 - Méthodes de planification de la communication organisationnelle

Courses under preparation

  • COM 3040 - Interactions en ligne
  • COM 5015 - Collaboration et technologie au travail

Publications & Presentations

This section shows the documents (if any) that are available in R-libre, TELUQ's open access research publication repository.

Journal articles (refereed)

Sénac, Coline, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2024). The experience of epistemic injustice in volunteering: The case of community organizations in Québec. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-024-00634-x

Bencherki, Nicolas (2023). Comment la technologie opère le passage de l’action individuelle à l’action collective ? Une perspective possessive. Communication & management, 20 (1), 15-29. https://doi.org/10.3917/comma.201.0015

Létourneau, Alain; Boivin, Geneviève, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2023). Practices of dialogue, dialogues in practice, with their problems. Language and Dialogue, 13 (2), 147-154. https://doi.org/10.1075/ld.00144.let

Cnossen, Boukje, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2023). Artful legitimacy: The role of materiality in practices of legitimation. Organization Studies, 44 (6), 919–938. https://doi.org/10.1177/01708406221142962

Bencherki, Nicolas, & Séna, Coline (2023). Instrumental dialogue and the ethics of expressing solicitude for each other’s existence. Language and Dialogue, 13 (1), 3-25. https://doi.org/10.1075/ld.00138.ben

Golden, Annis G., & Bencherki, Nicolas (In Press). Navigating knowledges: Community health workers as liminal professionals. Journal of Professions and Organization, joad013. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpo/joad013

Beyes, Timon; Cnossen, Boukje; Ashcraft, Karen, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2022). Who’s afraid of the senses? Organization, management and the return of the sensorium. Management Learning, 53 (4), 625-639. https://doi.org/10.1177/13505076221111423

Dawson, Veronica R., & Bencherki, Nicolas (2022). Federal Employees or Rogue Rangers: Sharing and Resisting Organizational Authority through Twitter Communication Practices. Human Relations, 75 (11), 2091-2121. https://doi.org/10.1177/00187267211032944

Vásquez, Consuelo; Bencherki, Nicolas, & Del Fa, Sophie (2022). Quels rôles pour l’intervenante-chercheuse? Préfiguration, configuration et refiguration des partenaires de recherche. Communication & Organisation, 61, 65-78.

Bencherki, Nicolas, & Elmholdt, Kasper Trolle (2022). The organization’s synaptic mode of existence: How a hospital merger is many things at once. Organization, 29 (4), 521-543. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508420962025

Baillargeon, Dany; Bencherki, Nicolas, & Boivin, Geneviève (2021). 20 ans des approches de la communication constitutive des organisations : de l’émergence aux innovations. Communication & Organisation (59), 13-25. https://doi.org/10.4000/communicationorganisation.9723

Bencherki, Nicolas, & Iliadis, Andrew (2021). The constitution of organization as informational individuation. Communication Theory, 31 (3), 442-462. https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/qtz018

Bencherki, Nicolas; Sergi, Viviane; Cooren, François, & Vásquez, Consuelo (2021). How Strategy Comes to Matter: Strategizing as the Communicative Materialization of Matters of Concern. Strategic Organization, 19 (4), 608-635. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476127019890380

Bourgoin, Alaric; Bencherki, Nicolas, & Faraj, Samer (2020). “And who are you?”: A performative perspective on authority in organizations. Academy of Management Journal, 63 (4), 1134-1165. https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2017.1335

Bencherki, Nicolas; Cooren, François; Brummans, Boris H. J. M.; Benoit-Barné, Chantal, & Matte, Frédérik (2020). La culture en tant que cultivation : vers une conception communicationnelle de la culture organisationnelle. Communiquer : Revue de communication sociale et publique, 29, 89-109. https://doi.org/10.4000/communiquer.5674

Matte, Frédérik, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2019). Materializing Ethical Matters of Concern: Practicing Ethics in a Refugee Camp. International Journal of Communication, 13, 5870–5889.

Cnossen, Boukje, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2019). The role of space in the emergence and endurance of organizing: How independent workers and material assemblages constitute organizations. Human Relations, 72 (6), 1057-1080. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726718794265

Bencherki, Nicolas, & Bourgoin, Alaric (2019). Property and Organization Studies. Organization Studies, 40 (4), 497-513. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840617745922

Bencherki, Nicolas (2018). La théorie de l’acteur-réseau entre Latour et Simondon. Symposium : Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 22 (2), 72-87. https://doi.org/10.5840/symposium201822217

Vásquez, Consuelo; Bencherki, Nicolas; Cooren, François, & Sergi, Viviane (2018). From ‘matters of concern’ to ‘matters of authority’: Studying the performativity of strategy from a communicative constitution of organization (CCO) approach. Long Range Planning, 51 (3), 417-435. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2017.01.001

Bourgoin, Alaric; Marchessaux, François, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2018). We need to talk about strategy: How to hold effective strategic dialogue?. Business Horizons, 61 (4), 587-597. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2018.03.008

Bencherki, Nicolas (2018). Écrire les objets / Laisser les objets s’écrire. Revue internationale de psychosociologie et de gestion des comportements organisationnels, 24 (57), 133-152.

Pomerantz, Anita; Sanders, Robert E., & Bencherki, Nicolas (2018). La communication comme étude de l’action sociale : au sujet de la recherche sur le langage et l’interaction sociale : Entretien avec Anita Pomerantz et Robert E. Sanders, réalisé par Nicolas Bencherki. Communiquer. Revue de communication sociale et publique (22), 119-136. https://doi.org/10.4000/communiquer.2822

Bencherki, Nicolas (2017). A pre-individual perspective to organizational action. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 17 (4), 777-799.

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


Bencherki, Nicolas; Sénac, Coline, & Vásquez, Consuelo (Ed.). (2023). La communication organisante : Études de cas en communication organisationnelle. Québec : Presses de l'Universit du Québec. ISBN 978-2-7605-5868-7

Basque, Joëlle; Bencherki, Nicolas, & Kuhn, Timothy (Ed.). (2022). Routledge Handbook of the Communicative Constitution of Organization. New York : Routledge, coll. « Routledge Studies in Communication, Organization, and Organizing ». ISBN 9781003224914

Bencherki, Nicolas; Matte, Frédérik, & Cooren, François (Ed.). (2019). Authority and Power in Social Interaction: Methods and Analysis. New York : Routledge, coll. « Routledge Studies in Communication, Organization, and Organizing ». ISBN 9781351051668

Book chapters

Plotnikof, Mie, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2023). The communicative constitution of organizational continuity and change in, through and over time. In Hernes, Tor, & Feuls, Miriam (Ed.), A Research Agenda for Organisational Continuity and Change (p. 103-124). Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781802200157

Bencherki, Nicolas; Basque, Joëlle, & Kuhn, Timothy (2022). Introduction to the Routledge Handbook of the Communicative Constitution of Organization. In Basque, Joëlle; Bencherki, Nicolas, & Kuhn, Timothy (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Communicative Constitution of Organization (p. 1-23). New York, NY : Routledge. ISBN 9780367480707 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003224914-1

Golden, Annis G., & Bencherki, Nicolas (2022). “I’m just saying:” Multivocal Organizing in a Community Health Initiative. In Benoit-Barné, Chantal, & Martine, Thomas (Ed.), Speaking with one voice: Multivocality and univocality in organizing (p. 41-64). New York, NY : Routledge, coll. « Routledge Studies in Communication, Organization, and Organizing ». ISBN 9780429297830 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429297830-3

Bencherki, Nicolas (2021). Using video methods to uncover the relational, interactional and practical constitution of space. In Grosjean, Sylvie, & Matte, Frédérik (Ed.), Organizational video-ethnography revisited (p. 99-116). New York, NY : Palgrave Pivot. ISBN 978-3-030-65551-8 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65551-8_6

Bencherki, Nicolas (2021). Speaking. In Cooren, François, & Stücheli-Herlach, Peter (Ed.), Handbook of Management Communication (p. 27-46). Berlin : De Gruyter Mouton, coll. « Handbooks of Applied Linguistics ». ISBN 9781501508059 https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501508059-001

Bencherki, Nicolas; Basque, Joëlle, & Rouleau, Linda (2019). A Sensemaking Perspective on Open Strategy. In Seidl, David; Whittington, Richard, & von Krogh, Georg (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Open Strategy (p. 241-258). Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108347921 https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108347921.015

Bencherki, Nicolas; Bourgoin, Alaric; Chen, Huey-Rong; Cooren, François; Denault, Vincent, & Plusquellec, Pierrich (2019). Bodies, Faces, Physical Spaces and the Materializations of Authority. In Bencherki, Nicolas; Matte, Frédérik, & Cooren, François (Ed.), Authority and Power in Social Interaction: Methods and Analysis (p. 77-98). New York, NY : Routledge, coll. « Routledge Studies in Communication, Organization, and Organizing ». ISBN 9781351051668 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351051668-5

Matte, Frédérik, & Bencherki, Nicolas (2019). Being followed by an organization: A hauntological perspective on organizational ethnography. In Cooren, François, & Malbois, Fabienne (Ed.), Methodological and Ontological Principles of Observation and Analysis: Following and Analyzing Things and Beings in Our Everyday World (p. 202-232). New York, NY : Routledge, coll. « Routledge Studies in Communication, Organization, and Organizing ». ISBN 978-1-138-70678-1 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315201610-8

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

Cooren, François; Bencherki, Nicolas; Chaput, Mathieu, & Vásquez, Consuelo (2015). The communicative constitution of strategy-making: exploring fleeting moments of strategy. In Golsorkhi, Damon; Rouleau, Linda; Seidl, David, & Vaara, Eero (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice (Second Edition) (p. 365-388). Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139681032.022

Other non refereed contributions

Bencherki, Nicolas (In Press). The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Organizational Communication. Boris H. J. M. Brummans, Bryan C. Taylor and Anu Sivunen (Eds.) [review of the book from UNSPECIFIED]. Communication Theory. https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/qtae005