I'm trying to find fiction works where the world of a story is an organization of certain kind (an airport, a bank, an automobile factory etc.). The most prominent writer in this genre is Arthur Hailey. I want to find more and more recent books like that.

What is this genre called in the English-speaking world?

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The Russian Wikipedia suggests the name occupational novel. However, when I look for it at Goodreads, I only find non-fiction books (biographies, mostly).

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The Guardian refers to the Hailey as a germinator of the "factional" genre.

The fruit of diligent research, which in his long (seldom under 500-page) novels was sometimes dispensed in barely digested globules, his work laid the groundwork for the "factional" genre, which uses authentic backgrounds as a backcloth for human stereotypes. Faction was later employed by many other writers of topical appeal, including Frederick Forsyth and Jeffrey Archer.

The term "factional" is a portmanteau of "fact" and 'fiction" see Non-Fiction novel.

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