This research stream has a more conceptual nature and emerged fully towards the end of my doctoral dissertation. As I started to write about bureaucracy, it became clear to me that it had an ambivalent (or at least complicated) status among informants from the company I studied, as well as among academics and the overall public. As I dug deeper into the management and organization literature, I realized that despite the strong reactions the very mention of bureaucracy generates, the reality is that we operate with a reductive view of it. This is true even though bureaucracy represents, arguably, the bedrock of modern management and organization theory. This research program thus aims to unpack the ways academics and practitioners conceptualize, understand, and reproduce ideas about bureaucracy. I am inspired in this effort by the work of Susan Silbey, who has conducted research on the ways people relate to (and construct) the law, not just in official moments inside courts, but also in the stories they create and circulate.