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  • 251.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Lerdell, David
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Mainstream rebels: informalization and standardization in the networked world2003In: New Technologies at Work: People, Screens, and Social Virtuality / [ed] Garsten, Christina & Helena Wulff, Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2003Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 252.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindh de Montoya, Monica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    In retrospect: the play of shadows2008In: Transparency in a New Global Order: Unveiling Organizational Visions, Edward Elgar , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 253.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindh de Montoya, Monica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Introduction: examining the politics of transparency2008In: Transparency in a New Global Order: Unveiling Organizational Visions, Edward Elgar , 2008Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 254.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindh de Montoya, Monica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Introduction: Exploring Cultural Processes in the Global Marketplace2004In: Market Matters: Exploring Cultural Processes in the Global Marketplace, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke , 2004Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 255.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindh de Montoya, Monica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Market Matters: Exploring Cultural Processes in the Global Marketplace2004Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 256.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindh de Montoya, Monica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    The naked corporation: vizualization, veiling and the ethico-politics of organizational transparency2008In: Transparency in a New Global Order: Unveiling Organizational Visions, 2008Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 257.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindh de Montoya, Monica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Transparency in a New Global Order: Unveiling Organizational Visions2008Book (Other academic)
  • 258.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindh de Montoya, Monica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Transparency tricks2009In: Ethical DIlemmas in Management / [ed] Christina Garsten and Tor Hernes, London: Routledge , 2009, p. 64-78Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 259.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Lindvert, JessicaStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).Thedvall, RenitaStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Arbetets marknad: Arbetsmarknadens nya organisering2011Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 260.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindvert, Jessica
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Introduction: makeshift work in a global labour market2015In: Makeshift work in a changing labour market: the Swedish model in the post-financial crisis era / [ed] Christina Garsten, Jessica Lindvert, Renita Thedvall, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, p. 1-24Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 261.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindvert, Jessica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Introduktion: Den nya arbetsmarknaden2011In: Arbetets marknad: Arbetsmarkandens nya organisering / [ed] Garsten, Christina, Jessica Lindvert & Renita Thedvall, Malmö: Liber, 2011, 1:1, p. 10-28Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 262.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lindvert, Jessica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Lära för livet? Den nya arbetsmarknadens organisering:  2009In: Resultatdialog 2009: Aktuell forskning om lärande / [ed] Vetenskapsrådet, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet , 2009, p. 46-56Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 263.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Lindvert, JessicaThedvall, RenitaStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Makeshift Work in a Changing Labour Market: the Swedish Model in the Post-Financial Crisis Era2015Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, people who had never before had cause to worry about losing their jobs entered the ranks of the unemployed for the first time. In Sweden, the welfare state has been radically challenged and mass unemployment has become a reality in what used to be viewed as a model case for a full employment society. With an emphasis on Sweden in the context of transnational regulatory change, Makeshift Workin a Changing Labour Market discusses how the market mediates employment and moves on to explore the ways in which employees adjust to a new labour market. Focusing on the legibility,measurability and responsibility of jobseekers, the expert contributors of this book bring together an analysis of activation policy andnew ways of organizing the mediation of work, with implications for the individual jobseeker. Students and researchers of labour market policy, the organization of markets and work and society both in Sweden and abroad will find this book to be of interest. Policy-makers will find the empirical examples of policy processes among employees an extremely useful and insightful tool.

  • 264.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Moeran, Brian
    Letter from the editors2012In: Journal of Business Anthropology, ISSN 2245-4217, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 174-176Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 265.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Moeran, Brian
    What’s in a name?: editors’ introduction to the Journal of Business Anthropology2012In: Journal of Business Anthropology, ISSN 2245-4217, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 266.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Nyqvist, Anette
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Entries: Engaging organisational worlds2013In: Organisational anthropology: Doing ethnography in and among complex organisations / [ed] Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist, London: Pluto Press, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 267.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Nyqvist, Anette
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Formality in brackets: ethnographies of staged organizational worlds2013In: 22nd Nordic Academy of management conference held at University of Iceland Reykjavík, 21-23 August, 2013 Final Program and Abstracts: Nff 2013 On Practice and Knowledge Eruptions, 2013, p. 138-139Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 268.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Nyqvist, Anette
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Momentum: pushing ethnography ahead2013In: Organisational anthropology: doing ethnography in and among complex organisations / [ed] Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist, London: Pluto Press, 2013Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 269.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Nyqvist, AnetteStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Organisational anthropology: doing ethnography in and among complex organisations2013Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Organisational Anthropology is a pioneering analysis of doing ethnographic fieldwork in different types of complex organizations. The book focuses on the process of initiating contact, establishing rapport and gaining the trust of the organization's members.The contributors work from the premise that doing fieldwork in an organization shares essential characteristics with fieldwork in more "classical" anthropological environments, but that it also poses some particular challenges to the ethnographer. These include the ideological or financial interests of the organizations, protection of resources and competition between organizations. Organisational Anthropology brings together and highlights crucial aspects of doing anthropology in contemporary complex settings, and will have wide appeal to students, researchers and academics in anthropology and organization studies.

  • 270.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Handelshögskolan i Stockholm, Sverige .
    Rothstein, Bo
    Svallfors, Stefan
    De policyprofessionella: En okänd politisk elit?2018In: Eliter i Sverige: tvärvetenskapliga perspektiv på makt, status och klass / [ed] Bengt Eriksson, Mikael Holmqvist, Lena Sohl, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018, p. 275-308Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 271.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    An organized network: World Economic Forum and the partial organizing of global agendas2019In: Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life / [ed] Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 212-234Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter answers the question of how the World Economic Fourm (WEF) constructs authority for itself in the global arena by studying the form of political action that the WEF draws upon. We argue that it constructs authority beyond itself through turning some participants from its many events into a form of members, thus partially organizing its environment. Participants at WEF activities, as well as WEF staff, would call this order a ‘network’. We acknowledge the network aspects of this order, but argue that it is foremost based on organization; it is a decided order, based on decisions taken within the WEF. Empirically, the chapter builds on interview data within Geneva staff and participants at WEF activities.

  • 272.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Consequences of a Liquid Mandate: World Economic Forum and the Partial Organizing of Global Agendas2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper describes and answers the question how the WEF creates a strong position for itself in the global arena, without a formal and institutional mandate. Theoretically the paper builds and adds to emerging body of literature regarding partial organization, as framed by Ahrne and Brunsson (2011). In order to understand the political form of action that WEF has developed for itself we employ the concept of partial organization, arguing that “membership” is the main organizational element through which they organize their environment. By way of making participants into various forms of members the WEF is able to create an organized environment around it self, which it can draw upon in its interest of setting global political agendas, in spite of a lacking nation state based mandate. The paper explains how funders and participants are made into members, and how a partial organization around the WEF is established and maintained. As a consequence, based on the relations between them and their many affiliated members the WEF achieves creating an order around them selves, transcending the actual full organization of the WEF. Participants at WEF activities, as well as WEF staff, would call this order a “network”. We acknowledge the network aspects of this order, but argue that it is foremost based on organization; it is a decided order, based on the decisions taken within the WEF. Empirically, the paper builds on interview data within Geneva staff and participants at WEF activities.

  • 273.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Högt spel i gränslandet mellan politik och marknad2014In: Alla dessa marknader: RJ:s årsbok 2014/2015 / [ed] Jenny Björkman, Björn Fjæstad & Susanna Alexius, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2014, p. 173-184Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 274.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Magical Formulae for Market Futures: Tales from the World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 275.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sörbom, AdrienneStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Power, Policy and Profit: Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance2017Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Power, Policy and Profit: Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance investigates the manifold ways in which corporate actors attempt to influence political activities in the broad sense. Historically, the scope of corporate influence in politics as well as the ways in which corporations have attempted to influence political structures have varied greatly. With intensified globalization of markets, the restructuring of provisions of welfare services, and the accumulation of private capital, opportunities for corporate influence in politics affairs have multiplied. Influencing policy is for instance undertaking by the funding of analyses and research, by creating or adopting standards for social responsibility, and by shaping transparency guidelines. Power, Policy and Profit: Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance brings together scholars from different fields in the study of global governance, to address the rising influence and power of corporate actors on the political scene, at national and transnational levels.

  • 276.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Secret Societies, Opaque Routes: Advancing Corporate Politics through the World Economic Forum2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    LAEMOS 2014

    Subtheme 8

    The Corporatization of Politics and the Politicization of Corporations

     

     

    The Politicization of Corporations: The Case of the World Economic Forum

    Christina Garsten and Adrienne Sörbom

     

     

    Abstract

     

    This paper departs from an interest in the involvement of business leaders in the sphere of politics, in the broad sense. At a general level, we are seeing a proliferation of usages of non-market corporate strategies, such as testimony, lobbying, interlocking of positions and other means to influence policymakers at all levels of government and international institutions as an adjunct to the firm’s market strategies. This paper brings to the fore the role of corporations in the World Economic Forum (WEF), and how firms act through the WEF to advance their interests, financial as well as political. What is the role of business in the WEF, and how do business corporations advance their interests through the WEF?

     

    Inspired by Stephen Barley's (2010) work on how corporations have systematically built an institutional field to exert greater influence on the US Federal government, we aim to enhance knowledge on how the WEF and the 1,000 corporations that are active within it influence the larger socio-cultural context in which they are embedded. Empirically we depart from ethnographic field studies of the World Economic Forum, drawing on observations from WEF-events and interviews with participants and organizers. Theoretically we will employ an organizational perspective, using the concept of "partial organization" as introduced by Göran Ahrne and Nils Brunsson (2011).

     

    The results show that corporations find a strategically positioned amplifier for their non-market interests in the WEF. The WEF functions to enhance and gain leverage for their ideas and priorities in a highly selective and resourceful environment. In the long run, both the market priorities and the political interests of business may be served by engagement in the WEF.

     

    However, the WEF cannot only be conceived as the extended voice of corporations. The WEF also makes strategic use of the corporations to organize and expand their own agency, which not necessarily coincides with the interests of multinational corporations.  By way of corporate financial resources, the tapping of knowledge and expertise, and access to vast networks of business relations, the WEF is also able to amplify its own voice. The organized network, in the format of partial organization, which is the preferred form of organization of the WEF, comes with weakened power in the form of oversight and sanctions for the member corporations, but may allow for a concentration of resources at the center. The periphery has little sanctioned insight into the core of the organization, and a weak voice in influencing the operations of the organization. Actors in the partially organized environment thus have to rely on the goodwill of the leadership. 

  • 277.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Small places, big stakes : "Meetings" as moments of ethnographic momentum2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Ethnographic fieldwork in organizations – such as corporations, state agencies, and international organizations – often entails that the ethnographer has to rely to a large extent on meetings as the primary point of access. Oftentimes, this involves doing fieldwork in workshops, at ceremonies, and at other staged, formal events. In addition, such fieldwork tends to be both multilocal, mobile, and discontinuous. It may not provide as much of a flavour of the different local sites and a sense of ‘being there' as one would wish for. The tendency in anthropology to favour the informal, the ‘genuine' or ‘authentic' as well as the spontaneous, may leave one with a lingering feeling of having to make do with second-rate material, i.e. the formal, the superficial, and the organized. To a large extent, the staged character of the social events that are accessible to the ethnographer suggests that s/he has been left of much of ‘what is really going on', and ‘what people are really up to.' Meetings, however, as organized and ritualized social events, may provide the ethnographer with a loupe through which key tenets of larger social groups and organizations, and big issues, may be carefully observed. In formal meetings, political priorities, economic values, and social priorities are often condensed, played out and negotiated, turning meetings into strategic sites from which to observe the organization at large. The paper is based on experiences from fieldwork in corporations, think thanks, and international organizations.

  • 278.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Södertörn University College, Sweden.
    Small places, big stakes: "Meetings" as moments of ethnographic momentum2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The World Economic Forum is essentially a world of meetings: staged, circumvented, formal, organized meetings to which access is tightly restricted. The annual Davos meeting, the WEF show case meeting, is also a microcosm of the organization, set up in a small place but speaking to bigger issues. Ethnographic fieldwork in organizations such as the WEF – and more broadly incorporations, state agencies, and international organizations – often involves doing fieldwork in workshops, at ceremonies, and at other staged, formal events. In addition, such fieldwork tends to be multilocal, mobile, and discontinuous. What, if anything, can we learn from doing ethnography in such small, temporary meeting places, where we may not even have full access?

    The paper shows that researching an organization such as the WEF is as methodologically and theoretical challenging as it is rewarding. It is argued that to understand the practices constituting meetings we need to broaden the perspective of the meeting as a phenomenon. The meeting as research locus should not be seen as a given entity, but as a contingent and continually constructed social arena. In the WEF case the meeting is both a continuous organizing effort, and a social arena, temporarily bounded in time and space.

  • 279.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Södertörn University College, Sweden.
    Small places, big stakes: "Meetings’" as moments of ethnographic momentum2015Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The Davos summit is surrounded by air of seriousness and hype, but it is also something like a huge cocktail party. The Davos meeting is, in essence, a kind of human beehive, attracting and organizing a multitude of actors around its core, each contributing to the existence of the beehive community, and each disseminating its ideas and perspectives to the world at large. The WEF is essentially a social world of meetings – staged, circumvented, formal, organized meetings – and meetings to which access is tightly restricted. The annual Davos meeting, which is the showcase meeting of the WEF, is also a microcosm of the organization, set up in a small place and speaking to bigger issues: market regulations, financial crises, environmental risks, armed conflicts, and the like. The kinds of questions that arise out offieldwork in organizations such as this, but also more broadly, are to do with access, representation, validity, and the predicaments of doing ethnography in organized settings.

    At a more general level, ethnographic fieldwork in organizations – such as corporations, state agencies, and international organizations – often entails that the ethnographer has to rely on meetings as the primary point of access. Oftentimes, this involves doing fieldwork in workshops, at ceremonies, and at other staged, formal events. In addition, such fieldwork tends to be multilocal, mobile, and discontinuous. It may not provide as much of a flavour of the different local sites and a sense of ‘being there’ as one would wish for. The tendency in anthropology to favour the informal, the ‘genuine’ or ‘authentic’ as well as the spontaneous, may leave one with a lingering feeling of having to make do with second- rate material, i.e. the formal, the superficial, and the organized. Fieldwork in meetings, and in meetings to which one may not get full access, may, from that angle, be problematic.

    What, if anything, can we learn from doing ethnography in such a small, temporary meeting place, where we don not even have access to much of what goes on?

     

  • 280.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Small Places, Big Stakes: Meetings as Moments of Ethnographic Momentum2017In: Meeting Ethnography: Meetings as Key Technologies of Contemporary Governance, Development, and Resistance / [ed] Jen Sandler, Renita Thedvall, New York: Routledge, 2017, p. 126-142Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 281.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The Politicization of Corporations: The Case of the World Economic Forum2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     

     

    The Politicization of Corporations: The Case of the World Economic Forum

    Christina Garsten and Adrienne Sörbom

     

     

    Abstract

     

    This paper departs from an interest in the involvement of business leaders in the sphere of politics, in the broad sense. At a general level, we are seeing a proliferation of usages of non-market corporate strategies, such as testimony, lobbying, interlocking of positions and other means to influence policymakers at all levels of government and international institutions as an adjunct to the firm’s market strategies. This paper brings to the fore the role of corporations in the World Economic Forum (WEF), and how firms act through the WEF to advance their interests, financial as well as political. What is the role of business in the WEF, and how do business corporations advance their interests through the WEF? Empirically we depart from ethnographic field studies of the World Economic Forum, drawing on observations from WEF-events and interviews with participants and organizers. We propose that corporations find a strategically positioned amplifier for their non-market interests in the WEF. The WEF functions to enhance and gain leverage for their ideas and priorities in a highly selective and resourceful environment. In the long run, both the market priorities and the political interests of business may be served by engagement in the WEF. By way of corporate financial resources, the tapping of knowledge and expertise, and access to vast networks of business relations, the WEF is also able to amplify its own voice and agency in the field of global governance.

     

     

  • 282.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Think tanks as policy brokers in partially organized fields: The case of World Economic Forum2014Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    As has been noted in research on think tanks it is difficult to describe what a think tank is, and to pinpoint what it is in think tank activities that generates powerful relationships towards other actors. This is even more the case when talking of transnational think tanks. In this report we give a theoretical account of how relationships organized by transnational think tanks may be analyzed.

    In the report we are drawing on empirical findings from the World Economic Forum (WEF), seen as a transnational think tank addressing a non-national audience. We are suggesting that think-tank experts are engaged in the brokerage of ideas and knowledge, implying anintermediary activity, wherein ideas are translated, shaped and formatted. Operating at the interfaces of various actors, think-tank experts formulate and negotiate ideas with and among actors, encouraging them to adopt and use those ideas.

    The main argument in the report is that this brokerage can be seen to generate ‘partially organized fields’. The think tank organizes other actors not by constructing a complete organization, but by establishing and maintaining a decided network, drawing upon such organizational elements as membership, monitoring and sanctions. This allows think tanks to maintain a degree of flexibility, whilst gaining control of valuable resources.

    In the case of the WEF the report show that the combination of a small core of completeorganization with a larger environment of only partial organizing essentially allows the WEF to be bigger than they actually are. The decided networks, i.e. the partnerships, the working groups, and the communities, significantly extends the reach of the WEF, allowing it to reach across organizational boundaries.

    We suggest that this form of organizing is the prime way for transnational think tanks toorganize outside themselves, thereby exerting political influence. The potential influence it may exert resides in its influence over the shaping of agendas in other organizations, the formulation of pressing political issues, and by mobilizing actors in their decided networks to carry the issues further, on other organizational platforms and with other organizational mandates.

  • 283.
    Garsten, Christina
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    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
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    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Uneasy alignment: Transparency and opacity at the World Economic Forum2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 284.
    Garsten, Christina
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    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Values aligned: the organization of conflicting values within the World Economic Forum2014In: Configuring Value Conflicts in Markets / [ed] Susanna Alexius, Kristina Tamm Hallström, Padstow: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, p. 159-177Chapter in book (Other academic)
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    Garsten, Christina
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    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Free commodity exchange: Skype and Spotify and the complexity of market relations2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 286.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Transparency by proxy: knowledge, indicators, and legitimacy in market practice2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 287.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Att göra osynliga tjänstepersoner synliga genom skönlitteratur: Tjänstemannen i skönlitteraturen – bilder av goda och mindre goda byråkrater av Anders Björnsson och Björn Rombach (red.), Santérus Förlag 20172019In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2001-9114, E-ISSN 2002-0287, no 2Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 288.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Att värna gränser genom att bygga broar2019In: Kampen om kunskap: Akademi och praktik / [ed] Axel Brechensbauer, Maria Grafström, Anna Jonsson, Mikael Klintman, Stockholm: Santérus Förlag, 2019, p. 65-74Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 289.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Ekonomijournalistik2015In: Handbok i journalistikforskning / [ed] Michael Karlsson, Jesper Strömbäck, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015, p. 225-242Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 290.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Ekonomijournalistik2019In: Handbok i journalistikforskning / [ed] Michael Karlsson, Jesper Strömbäck, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, 2, p. 215-226Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 291.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Ekonomijournalistikens förändrade förutsättningar: Innehåll, format och aktörer2014Report (Other academic)
  • 292.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Information intermediaries2016In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation / [ed] Craig E. Carroll, New York: Sage Publications, 2016, p. 351-354Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 293.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Ledare i mediernas rampljus2018In: Att leda i en komplex organisation: Utmaningar och nya perspektiv för chefer i offentlig verksamhet / [ed] Anna Cregård, Erik Berntson, Stefan Tengblad, Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 2018, p. 42-57Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 294.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Parera är viktigare än att planera: Om organisatorisk överlevnad2015In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2002-0287, no 2, p. 51-51Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 295.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Swedish Aid and Risk-taking in a Mediatized Society2019Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 296.
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Synliga och hemliga: Näringslivets ägare i den mediala offentligheten, Lennart Bernhardtson, Agerings Bokförlag, 20132014In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2001-9114, E-ISSN 2002-0287, no 2, p. 22-23Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 297.
    Grafström, Maria
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Andersson, Catrin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Oklarhet som förändringsstrategi: Nya Karolinska Solna och idén om den högspecialiserade vården2019Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I den här rapporten analyseras beslut om verksamhetsinnehållet vid Nya Karolinska Solna (NKS) och särskilt den högspecialiserade vården. Vår analys visar att själva idén om högspecialiserad vård (hur den kom att definieras och användas) delvis kan förklara varför verksamhetsinnehållet kunde hållas odefinierat långt in i processen med att planera och bygga det nya sjukhuset. Samtidigt som NKS från ett tidigt skede var planerat att innehålla högspecialiserad vård fanns det ingen tydlig eller given definition av vad sådan vård omfattar. Det var också uttalat i politikernas uppdrag till NKS-förvaltningen att avvakta med att fastställa verksamhets-innehållet med hänvisning till bland annat den snabba medicintekniska utvecklingen och andra tänkbara krav på en sjukvård som flera år framåt i tiden skulle vara internationellt konkurrenskraftig. Men när ledande politikers och projektledningens syn på NKS som ett högspecialiserat nav för regionens sjukvård – med en fortsatt öppenhet kring verksamhetsinnehållet – mötte berörda professioners och organisationers intressen och ambitioner framträdde konflikter och motstridiga intressen. 

    Studien visar, att samtidigt som idén om den högspecialiserade vården erbjöd projektansvariga en möjlighet att rättfärdiga ett öppet förhållningssätt, och avvakta med beslut om det mer precisa verksamhetsinnehållet, kom denna öppenhet att senare skapa problem för realiseringen av den initiala visionen om det lilla, högspecialiserade sjukhuset. Analysen pekar på tre centrala faktorer som i samverkan med varandra kom att skapa grus i projektmaskineriet: För det första fanns det en inneboende spänning i själva idén om den högspecialiserade vården. För det andra blev idén om den högspecialiserade vården alltför separerad från etablerade strukturer och arbetssätt. Och för det tredje tappade idén kraft när det politiska ledarskapet, som inledningsvis hade varit starkt och drivit den, försvagades. Rapporten har fokus på åren 2008-2012 och baseras på dokumentanalys samt intervjuer med nyckelpersoner. 

  • 298.
    Grafström, Maria
    et al.
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
    Göthberg, Pauline
    Centrum för bank och finans (CEFIN), KTH.
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Ansvar2010 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
  • 299.
    Grafström, Maria
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Göthberg, Pauline
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    CSR: företagsansvar i förändring2015 (ed. 2)Book (Other academic)
  • 300.
    Grafström, Maria
    et al.
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
    Göthberg, Pauline
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
    Med samhällsansvar som ledstjärna2011In: Ledning av företag och förvaltningar: former, förutsättningar, förändring / [ed] Rolf Lind och Anders Ivarsson Westerberg, Stockholm: SNS förlag, 2011, 4., [omarb.] uppl.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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