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Berkowitz, H., Brunsson, N., Grothe-Hammer, M., Sundberg, M. & Valiorgue, B. (2022). Meta-Organizations: A Clarification and a Way Forward. M@n@gement, 25(2), 1-9
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2022 (English)In: M@n@gement, E-ISSN 1286-4692, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 1-9Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this introduction, we reemphasize some key parts of meta-organization theory and their implications for understanding meta-organizations and meta-organizing processes. We clarify what meta-organizations are and what they are not and then analyze their key purposes and activities. We then present the papers of the special issue and discuss venues for future research. Although many key contributions have been made to meta-organization theory and research, there are many more things to investigate before we know as much about meta-organizations as we know about individual-based organizations. 

Keywords
Meta-organization, Meta-organizing, Partial organization, Organization theory
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-206858 (URN)10.37725/mgmt.V25.8728 (DOI)000810138200001 ()
Available from: 2022-07-01 Created: 2022-07-01 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Alexius, S., Brunsson, N. & Furusten, S. (2022). Organizing climate collaboration: Problematizing the virtues of member diversity and ambitious organization. In: : . Paper presented at Organizations in a Plural Society, International Conference on Organizational Sociology ICOS,Trondheim, Norwey, 8-9 December, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizing climate collaboration: Problematizing the virtues of member diversity and ambitious organization
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Keywords
climate change, organization, inertia, collaboration, member diversity, Agenda 2030, SDGs
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212754 (URN)
Conference
Organizations in a Plural Society, International Conference on Organizational Sociology ICOS,Trondheim, Norwey, 8-9 December, 2022
Available from: 2022-12-12 Created: 2022-12-12 Last updated: 2022-12-13
Brunsson, N., Gustafsson, I. & Tamm Hallström, K. (2022). Why does organization among organizations expand?. In: : . Paper presented at Score conference Organizing the world 2.0, Stockholm, Sweden, 6–7 October 2022.
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2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212743 (URN)
Conference
Score conference Organizing the world 2.0, Stockholm, Sweden, 6–7 October 2022
Available from: 2022-12-12 Created: 2022-12-12 Last updated: 2022-12-15
Ahrne, G. & Brunsson, N. (2019). More and less organization. In: Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson (Ed.), Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life (pp. 421-441). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
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2019 (English)In: Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life / [ed] Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 421-441Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The modern world is highly organized. Much organization occurs within formal organizations, to the extent that the extensive study of formal organizations has overshadowed other forms of organization. But organization happens not only within, but also outside the context of formal organizations. We define ‘organization’ as a decided order, and we see some decisions as more fundamental than others and have dubbed these decisions ‘organizational elements’. We distinguish five such elements: membership, rules, monitoring, sanctions, and hierarchy. Individuals or organizations can use organizational elements to organize other individuals or organizations, even if they do not belong to the same organization. But organizers do not necessarily use all elements, and all settings are not organized by all elements. In fact, many social settings are only partially organized – even formal organizations. We use the concepts of social relationships and formal organization to specify what we mean by organization and organizational elements and compare organizational elements with other ways in which social relationships develop. We describe the differences between organization and other origins of social order such as institutions and networks. The chapter ends with an overview of the following chapters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019
Keywords
prial organization, formal organizations, globalization, organizational elements, organization theory, institution, network
National Category
Business Administration Sociology
Research subject
Business Administration; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177004 (URN)10.1017/9781108604994.019 (DOI)9781108474986 (ISBN)9781108604994 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-12 Created: 2019-12-12 Last updated: 2022-10-27Bibliographically approved
Ahrne, G. & Brunsson, N. (Eds.). (2019). Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The book explores how various social settings are partially organized even when they do not form part of a formal organization. It also shows how even formal organizations may be only partially organized. Professors Göran Ahrne and Nils Brunsson first established the concept of partial organization in 2011 and in doing so opened up a groundbreaking new field of organizational analysis. An academic community has since developed around the concept, and Ahrne and Brunsson have edited this collection to reflect the current state of inquiry in this burgeoning subject and to set an agenda for future research. Its chapters explain how organization is a salient feature in many social settings, including markets, interfirm networks, social movements, criminal gangs, internet communication and family life. Organization theory is much more relevant for the understanding of social processes than previously assumed. This book provides a new understanding of many social phenomena and opens up new fields for organizational analysis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019. p. 443
Keywords
Organisational Sociology, Organisation Studies, Management, Sociology
National Category
Business Administration Sociology
Research subject
Business Administration; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177010 (URN)10.1017/9781108604994 (DOI)9781108474986 (ISBN)9781108604994 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-12 Created: 2019-12-12 Last updated: 2022-10-27Bibliographically approved
Ahrne, G. & Brunsson, N. (2019). Organization unbound. In: Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson (Ed.), Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life (pp. 3-36). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
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2019 (English)In: Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life / [ed] Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 3-36Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The modern world is highly organized. Much organization occurs within formal organizations, to the extent that the extensive study of formal organizations has overshadowed other forms of organization. But organization happens not only within, but also outside the context of formal organizations. We define ‘organization’ as a decided order, and we see some decisions as more fundamental than others and have dubbed these decisions ‘organizational elements’. We distinguish five such elements: membership, rules, monitoring, sanctions, and hierarchy. Individuals or organizations can use organizational elements to organize other individuals or organizations, even if they do not belong to the same organization. But organizers do not necessarily use all elements, and all settings are not organized by all elements. In fact, many social settings are only partially organized – even formal organizations. We use the concepts of social relationships and formal organization to specify what we mean by organization and organizational elements, and compare organizational elements with other ways in which social relationships develop. We describe the differences between organization and other origins of social order such as institutions and networks. The chapter ends with an overview of the following chapters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019
Keywords
partial organization, decision, social relationship, institution, network, membership, rules, monitoring, sanctions, hierarchy
National Category
Business Administration Sociology
Research subject
Business Administration; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177003 (URN)10.1017/9781108604994.001 (DOI)9781108474986 (ISBN)9781108604994 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-12 Created: 2019-12-12 Last updated: 2022-10-27Bibliographically approved
Ahrne, G., Brunsson, N. & Kerwer, D. (2019). The partial organization of international relations: International organizations as meta-organizations. In: Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson (Ed.), Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life (pp. 390-418). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
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2019 (English)In: Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life / [ed] Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 390-418Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter we argue that the key to an understanding of international governmental organizations (IGOs) is to conceptualize them not as standard forms of organizations with individuals as their members, but as meta-organizations comprising organized actors as members. Meta-organizations are paradoxical constructions: autonomous actors with autonomous actors as members. Organizational elements cannot be considered in isolation in meta-organizations; their combination are key factors; therefore meta-organizations are often partially organized. IGOs are permanently competing for actorhood with their member states and this competition has far-reaching implications for to what extent they can make use of all organizational elements. Using one element may require the avoidance of other elements or certain forms of decision-making. This helps to explain why IGOs have problems achieving co-ordinated organizational action and why they are less powerful actors than standard organizations are. Yet IGOs are strong in other respects. The most important organizational element in IGOs is membership. The strengths of IGOs can be understood in relation to their creation, their expansion, and their long-term influence on their members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019
Keywords
international organizations, meta-organizations, international relations, membership, states, decision, hypocrisy, partial organization, United Nations, European Union, World Bank
National Category
Business Administration Sociology
Research subject
Business Administration; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177008 (URN)10.1017/9781108604994.018 (DOI)9781108474986 (ISBN)9781108604994 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-12 Created: 2019-12-12 Last updated: 2022-10-27Bibliographically approved
Brunsson, N. & Jutterström, M. (Eds.). (2018). Organizing and Reorganizing Markets. Oxford: Oxford University Press
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2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Organizing and Reorganizing Markets brings organization theory to the study of markets. The difference between markets and organizations is often exaggerated. Organizing exists in addition to other processes and phenomena that form markets: the mutual adaption among sellers and buyers as described in mainstream economics, and the institutions described in institutional economics and economic sociology. Market organization can be analysed with the same type of theories used for analysing organization within formal organizations. Through the use of many empirical examples, the book demonstrates how this can be done.The authors argue that the way a certain market is organized can be understood as the (intermediate) result of previous organizing processes. Questions discussed include: 'What drives market organizing and reorganizing processes? What makes various organizations intervene as market organizers? And, how are the specific contents of market organization determined?' The answers to these questions help to analyse similarities and differences among organizing processes in formal organizations andthose in markets.Arguments are illustrated by in-depth studies of many types of markets. The book will open up markets as a field of study for scholars of organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 283
Keywords
Market, Organization, Reorganization
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163083 (URN)10.1093/oso/9780198815761.001.0001 (DOI)9780198815761 (ISBN)9780191853289 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2023-03-07Bibliographically approved
Brunsson, N., Alexius, S., Andersson, C., Aspers, P., Garsten, C., Erlandsson, M., . . . Tamm Hallström, K. (2015). Att organisera marknader: Slutrapport från ett forskningsprogram. Göteborg, Stockholm: Makadam Förlag
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2015 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg, Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2015. p. 100
Series
RJ:s skriftserie ; 7
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124060 (URN)978-91-7061-193-3 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M2007-0244:1-PK
Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2015-12-11 Last updated: 2022-10-27Bibliographically approved
Brunsson, N. & Brunsson, K. (2015). Beslutninger. Oslo: Cappelen Damm AS
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2015 (Norwegian)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Cappelen Damm AS, 2015. p. 140
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118584 (URN)9788202482299 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2022-11-07Bibliographically approved
Organisations
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-9236-0350

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