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The Corporation Performed: Minutes from the Rituals of Annual General Meetings
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography, ISSN 2046-6749, E-ISSN 2046-6757, Vol. 4, no 3, 341-355 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]
  • Purpose–In this paper the annual general meetings (AGM) of corporations are conceptualized as front-stage performances and dramas where the three roles of the corporation – the shareholder, manager and director – perform the corporation as a particular type of organization. The paper aims to discuss these issues.
  • Design/methodology/approach– Meeting ethnography conducted at four seasons of AGMs in Sweden.
  • Findings– The study sheds light on how the required AGM of public companies may be seen as a ritualized, legitimizing and trust-building corporate performance where the different roles of the corporation are played out in positioning procedures and where the corporation as an organizational form is enacted.
  • Originality/value– The topic is of this paper is clearly original. Looking at corporations from an anthropological angle, exploring foundation myths, rites and organizational cultures, have been employed earlier, but exploring AGMs from an anthropological angle, is new.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 4, no 3, 341-355 p.
Keyword [en]
Corporations, organizations, meeting ethnography, annual general meetings, organizational anthropology
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122451DOI: 10.1108/JOE-12-2014-0037OAI: diva2:866402
Available from: 2015-11-02 Created: 2015-11-02 Last updated: 2015-11-27Bibliographically approved

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