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  • 651.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Gustafsson, Ingrid
    Förvaltningshögskolan, Göteborgs Universitet.
    Företagande i en globalt reglerad omvärld2011In: Morgondagens industri: att sätta spelregler och flytta gränser / [ed] Ilinca Benson, Johnny Lind, Ebba Sjögren, Filip Wijkström, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 652.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Gustafsson, Ingrid
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Organizing for Independence2019In: Organization outside Organizations: The Abundance of Partial Organization in Social Life / [ed] Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson, Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 155-176Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this chapter we investigate how certification and accreditation organizations put much effort in constructing an image of independence for the outside world to see and endorse. It is difficult for an organization to proclaim its own independence; rather, a fundamental way of convincing others of its independence is through entering dependency relationships with other formal organizations that grant the organization independence, like the dubbing of knights. We analyse the character of organizational dependencies with respect to rules, sanctions, hierarchy, monitoring, and membership and conclude that the search for independence result in the addition of elements to elements, driving more and more organization. We discuss how the adding of elements form a complex system of interdependent organizations, which resembles a rational, authoritative Weberian bureaucracy. Although this bureaucratic system may be understood as organization – a decided and systematized order – it is not a discernible entity. It is partial and as such it lacks a central authority to govern and to which an overall responsibility could be ascribed. Paradoxically, the efforts aiming at ensuring independence resulted in the organizations becoming dependent not only on each other, but also on the decided order surrounding them.

  • 653.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Gustafsson, Ingrid
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Value-neutralizing in verification markets: organizing for independence through accreditation2014In: Configuring Value Conflicts in Markets / [ed] Alexius, Susanna & Tamm Hallström, Kristina, Padstow: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, p. 82-99Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 654.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Gustafsson, Ingrid
    Alexius, Susanna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Risk organizers in quest of authority: Organizing for impartiality in the markets of inspection and certification2011Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    On the basis of two empirical cases (the market of motor vehicle inspection and the market of management certification) this paper analyses different strategies used to make these markets credible and trustworthy. The market actors are referred to as risk organizers and the strategies used as risk management strategies. These risk management strategies are undertaken both by the market actors themselves, and by state authorities and/or NGOs. Through different organizational solutions, authority for the verification activities is gained. Combining theories of the risk-society state, organizational analyses of standards as transnational regulations, with the critical literature on auditing, the paper explains how the expanding market of verifications such as vehicle inspection and management certification can appear stable and credible.

  • 655.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Gustafsson, Ingrid
    Alexius, Susanna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Risk organizers in quest of authority: Organizing risks and risk prevention in the markets of inspection and certification2011Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    On the basis of two empirical cases (the market of motor vehicle inspection and the market of management certification) this paper analyses different strategies used to make these markets credible and trustworthy. The market actors are referred to as risk organizers and the strategies used as risk management strategies. These risk management strategies are undertaken both by the market actors themselves, and by state authorities and/or NGO’s. Through different organizational solutions, authority for the verification activities is gained. Combining theories of market construction, organizational analyses of standards as transnational regulations, with the critical literature on audit, the paper explains how the expanding market of verifications such as vehicle inspection and management certification can appear stabile and credible.

  • 656.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Handelshögskolan i Stockholm, Sweden.
    Gustafsson, Ingrid
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Svärdsten, Fredrik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
    Opening the black box of distance within the context of auditing2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 657.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Handelshögskolan i Stockholm, Sverige.
    Gustavsson, Martin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Handelshögskolan i Stockholm, Sverige.
    Legitimitet till salu: Ackreditering som sorteringsverktyg på den svenska certifieringsmarknaden 1970–20202017Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Papret diskuterar hur en till stora delar privat granskningsapparat, med flera lager av granskare, växte fram när samhällsekonomin av- och omreglerades under 1980- o 1990-talen.

    Vilka produkter ska betraktas som tillräckligt passande för att säljas? Standardiserade prövningar av produkter – certifieringsgranskningar – har funnits länge. Prövningarna görs med referens till en standard, som specificerar hur exempelvis lastpallar, tryckkärl och ID-kort ska vara utformade för att bli godkända. Detta paper intresserar sig för en särskild typ av granskning som vuxit sig stark sedan slutet av 1980-talet. Det är en certifiering där fokus inte ligger på själva produkterna, utan i stället på organisationerna som tillverkar och/eller handlar med varor eller tjänster. Vilka företag ska betraktas som tillräckligt passande för att få vara verksamma på marknaden? I dessa fall görs certifieringen med hänvisning till en ledningssystemstandard (t.ex. ISO 9001) vilket i praktiken innebär att det som granskas är de dokumenterade målsättningarna och organisatoriska rutinerna som satts upp för att leda och organisera den granskade verksamheten. Idag har över en miljon organisationer i världen ett ISO 9001-certifikat. Det signalerar att en extern certifieringsrevisor har varit på plats på företagen och gjort årliga kontroller att ledningssystemet fungerar. Men, hur ska man kunna lita på väktarna? Vilka certifieringsorganisationer ska betraktas som tillräckligt passande för att få vara verksamma att granska företag på marknaden?

    En motsvarighet till den beslutade statusordning som hierarkiserar olika företag och verksamheter (certifierade vs ocertifierade) finns också för själva certifieringsbolagen. För att kunna lita på att den externa kontrollanten, certifieraren, i sitt granskningsarbete är neutral, kompetent och inte agerar i egenintressen, har ackreditering utvecklats. Genom årliga kontroller av en extern ackrediteringsrevisor undersöks om certifieringsbolagens ledningssystem är på plats och följs, en slags certifiering av certifieraren. Ackreditering är alltså en beslutad statusordning som hierarkiserar certifierarna: ackrediterade certifierare ställs mot icke-ackrediterade. Att det inte är ett okomplicerat system blixtbelyses av att ackrediteringsbranschen är upptagna med att jaga ”fejkrevisorer”, anarkistiska ”cowboys” som fortsätter att certifiera företag trots att de inte är ackrediterade.

    Många granskningsverksamheter som före 1980-talet organiserades i statlig regi, som bilprovning och hissbesiktning, har avreglerats i enlighet med rådande marknadsideal. Historiskt växte alltså den privat organiserade granskningsapparaten fram i det tomrum som uppstod när staten abdikerade från rollen som granskande reglerare av olika marknader. Den statliga om- och avregleringen födde fram mer reglering, men i form av en privat beslutad sådan. Certifieringsorganisationerna är nämligen oftast vinstdrivande företag, som säljer legitimitet till andra. Även sociala rörelser har dock varit en formerande kraft när certifieringsmarknaden har expanderat till nya områden (som exempelvis certifikat för hållbarhet, rättvisa, ekologi och hbtq etc.). Utvecklingen är dock inte otvetydig. I samband med att myndigheten Swedac år 1990 startade en ackrediteringsverksamhet för ledningssystemcertifiering trädde staten åter in som överstegranskare av de privata certifieringsföretagen (en beslutad statusordning) som granskar att privata företag följer olika ledningssystemstandarder (en annan beslutad statusordning). Texten lyfter fram strategier som används för att upprätthålla dessa konstruerade statusordningar, liksom strategier som kan skymtas hos företag som väljer alternativa vägar för att försöka legitimera verksamheten.

  • 658.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Näslund, Lovisa
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Kontroll och certifiering av produktmärkningar: organisering för förtroende2015Report (Other academic)
  • 659.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sarah, Degerhammar
    Zakhour, Sherif
    Rospiggar och stockholmare – polarisering av invånare i Norrtälje kommun2019In: Stadsutveckling & design för motstridiga önskemål / [ed] Lisa Daram, Stockholm: Stiftelsen Arkus , 2019Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 660.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    In search for empowerment: A qualitative study of a state agency and a municipal district introducing lean.2013In: 22nd Nordic Academy of management conference held at University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 21-23 August 2013: Final Program and Abstracts : NFF 2013 On Practice and Knowledge Eruptions, 2013, p. 131-131Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 661.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Managing Administrative Reform through Language Work. Implementing Lean in Swedish Public Sector Organisations2015In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 89-108Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper accounts for the early implementation of Lean in two Swedish public sector organisations justifying Lean as a remedy for the negative consequences of New Public Management (NPM). But is Lean radically different, or rather yet another NPM reform? We use a social constructivist approach and focus on the role of language in influencing employees’ minds and subjective perceptions, and thereby mobilising new patterns of governance. The concept of ‘language work’, comprising three organisational levels, is suggested for analysing the meaning and consequences of the Lean efforts studied. The analysis reveals that the first level of Lean language work largely mirrors typical NPM ideals, including entrepreneurship, empowerment and customer orientation. In contrast, there are more salient differences at the second level about labels used for organisational classifications having both empowering and disempowering effects on categorised people. At the third level of analysis targeting the day-to-day practice, we see a return of NPM performance measurement–oriented practices and their (often-unintended) consequences discussed in research on NPM reforms, although they surface in somewhat new ways, including communicative symbols and other linguistic expressions. The main contribution lies in the conceptualisation of language work widening the scope of the constitutive role of language to include the levels of political programmes and technologies of government as well as organisational classifications.

  • 662.
    Tamm-Hallström, Kristina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Yngfalk, Carl
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Den KRAVfyllda handelsplatsen: Det vardagliga arbetet i en miljöcertifierad livsmedelsbutik2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Butikscertifiering utgör en växande trend inom detaljhandeln i Sverige och särskilt för livsmedelsbutiker. Till skillnad från certifiering och märkning av enskilda produkter som sedan 1990-talet utvecklats för att hjälpa konsumenter att välja ”rätt” enligt rådande miljönormer, berör butikscertifiering hela butiken som organisation. Genom en butikscertifiering ställs krav dels på butikens eget, direkta miljöansvar, dels på butikens påverkan på konsumenters förutsättningar att göra miljöanpassade val i handeln med livsmedel. Syftet med studien som redovisas här är att bidra med empiriskt grundad kunskap till den företagsekonomiska organisations- och marknadsföringsforskningen om standarder och certifiering som styrningsform för miljöarbete på marknader. Detta sker via en kvalitativ studie där ledning och personal i elva livsmedelsbutiker i Stockholmsområdet har intervjuats med fokus på deras arbete med KRAVs miljöstandard för butik. Den övergripande forskningsfrågan lyder Hur påverkar butikscertifiering organiseringen av butiken? Med organisering avses här vardagliga arbetsrutiner, lärande i organisationen och marknadsföring.

  • 663.
    Tarschy, Daniel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The Parliament and the Budget: Enhancing Its Capacity for Oversight2009In: Bütçe sürecinde parlamentonun deĝişen rolü, Ankara, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Performance budgeting is sweeping the globe. What role can legislatures play as agencies of monitoring and oversight? Observers are none too optimistic. "There is very little direct evidence that performance information in budgets and annual reports is directly used by members of parliament in their oversight", concludes one recent comparative study. Most parliaments have limited amending competence in budgetary decisions and exercise scant control and monitoring over the execution of budgets. There seems to be general agreement that MPs pay little attention to the formal reporting on administrative performance. But there are several ways in which parliaments can get involved in decisions on public policy and public finance. Enhancing their contribution to boosting government performance requires attention to the analytical resource base as well as to parliamentary procedure.

  • 664.
    Tarschys, Daniel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Förvaltningen i grundlagen2014In: Demokrati och förvaltning: en festskrift till Rune Premfors / [ed] Bengt Jacobsson & Göran Sundström, Stockholm: Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research , 2014, p. 95-104Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 665.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Affective atmospheres of hope: management model training in public reforms2017In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography, ISSN 2046-6749, E-ISSN 2046-6757, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 87-99Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to argue that we need to take seriously what affective atmosphere means in public reform. Particular emphasis is put on understanding the mechanisms of hope (Brunsson, 2006) through affective atmosphere (Anderson, 2009) in regards to a management model training course.

    Design/methodology/approach - Ethnographically, the paper is placed in a Lean coach training course, led by two consultants, in the public care services in a municipality in Sweden. The participants were set to learn the language and techniques of the Lean management model during the course of three training days.

    Findings - Using affective atmosphere as a theoretical window for how to understand how participants become enthusiastic about public reform, the author puts forward that the enthusiastic, affective atmosphere created in the training room demanded the ingredients of consultants and the mechanism of hope at play. The consultants' fashioning of the course contributed to the affective atmosphere. But what also triggered the affective atmosphere in the room was the participants' way of responding, which was much more accidental and founded in the Lean model itself, promising smooth flows and rational organization, and the participants' ability to keep mechanisms of hope active.

    Originality/value - Fotaki et al. (2017) point out that affect has only recently started to be integrated and explored in critical organization studies. Michels and Steyaert (2017) emphasise that affective atmosphere has rarely been used by organization theorists. This is an attempt to contribute to this literature by arguing for the fruitfulness of understanding the mechanisms of hope through affective atmosphere in regards to public management reform. The author also calls attention to the need for ethnographic fieldwork when examining affective atmospheres.

  • 666.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Blend Gaps through Papers and Meetings? Collaboration between the Social Services and Jobcentres2019In: Social Inclusion, ISSN 2183-2803, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 218-227Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The policy word collaboration is a political buzzword omnipresent within human service organisations in Sweden and other countries. Collaboration stands for services working together toward a common goal. It is understood as the solution for a multitude of problems, putting the client at the centre and involving the services needed for making them financially self-sufficient. Public service collaboration assumes gaps between entities, whether they are organisations or professionals holding a particular kind of knowledge or available resources. Gaps are seen as omissions and pitfalls in activities which should be removed. My thesis is that putting the gap at the centre reveals not only the disjuncture of the gaps but also the productiveness of the gap in collaborative projects between organisations. The article demonstrates how documents and meetings work both as makers and blenders of gaps between social services and jobcentres. If gaps are productive spaces, what does it denote for collaboration between organisations? The article is placed ethnographically in documents and meetings set to enable collaboration between social workers and job coaches. I will focus on the gap, the space between documents and organisations, as productive spaces in collaborative projects.

  • 667.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Den lärande socialsekreteraren: Mellan tyst kunskap och evidensbaserad praktik2011In: Arbetets marknad: Arbetsmarknadens nya organisering / [ed] Christina Garsten, Jessica Lindvert & Renita Thedvalll, Malmö: Liber, 2011, p. 193-258Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 668.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Do it yourself: Making up the Self-employed Individual at a Swedish Public Employment Office.2004In: Learning to be Employable: New Agendas on Work, Responsibility and Learning in a Globalising World / [ed] Christina Garsten & Kerstin Jacobsson, Palgrave , 2004Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 669.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Does the Stakeholder Need to be a Member? The Case of Fairtrade International (FLO)2011In: Workshop Constructing Stakeholders: Organising, Categorising, and Mobilising the Legitimate Participants, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Within various forms of decision-making and rule-setting, such astransnational standard setting,the notion of stakeholder involvement has a stronghold (see, for example, Boström & Tamm Hallström 2009). The idea of stakeholder involvement is widespreadbut its effects will vary across different usages and contexts. This paper draws on the result of a study on the Fairtrade International (FLO) and their work developing criteria, standards and principles forthe Fairtrade label.In this case, thestakeholder category involves those who are affected or can be affected by FLO’s action; theyhave a stakein the issues discussed and decided by FLO. Thus,stakeholderscould potentially referto a very large group ofpeople. Still, what is a stakeholder in practice? In this paper Idiscuss the notion of a stakeholder in relation to membership in the FLO. Within the FLO organisation stakeholdershave eventually been involved as members of FLO.I discussthe implications of this shift in meaning by looking atthe inclusion of the producer networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America as members in 2008. This meant that theseproducer networksmoved from the category of stakeholder to the category of member/stakeholder. Furthermore, I show how the stakeholder consultations on the New Standards Framework of FLO during the summerof 2010,in practice,meant consultation between the members. Sincestakeholders may involve actors both within andoutside an organisation, this paper discusseswhat it means when theonlystakeholdersthat are authorizedby FLO,in practice,are the same as the members. Furthermore, it discusses the relation between stakeholder and member and how the conditions for stakeholder involvementchange when stakeholdersbecome members. The issues explored in this paper relate to:the requirements for becoming a memberand what membership means in terms of loyalty or critical capacity towards FLO; as well as issues related to the double membershipof stakeholder members, being members of FLO and the company/organization they work forat the same time.

  • 670.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Flexibel arbetskraft som EU fråga: aktörer, arenor och perspektiv1998Report (Other academic)
  • 671.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    In the name of evidence-based practice: Managing social workers through science, standards and transparency2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 672.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    In the name of evidence-based practice: managing social workers through science, standards and transparency2015In: Makeshift work in a changing labour market: the Swedish model in the post-financial crisis era / [ed] Christina Garsten, Jessica Lindvert, Renita Thedvall, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, p. 156-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 673.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    In the Name of Evidence-Based Practice: Managing Social Workers through Science, Standards and Transparency in Sweden2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 674.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Making social work scientific, standardised and transparent: The idea of evidence-based practice in Sweden2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 675.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Making social work scientific, standardized and transparent: the idea of evidence-based practice in Sweden2011In: Before policy: creating authoritative knowledge for policy / [ed] Anette Nyqvist, Stockholm University and Sarah P Robinson, Critical Inquiries Research, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 676.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Managing preschool the Lean way: Evaluating work processes by numbers and colours2015In: Social Anthropology, ISSN 0964-0282, E-ISSN 1469-8676, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 42-52Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The management model Lean, originating from the car industry, has in recent years spread like wildfire in the public sector. One important component in the model is to set targets that are measurable to show results, visualising how taxpayers' money is used. The article examines how Swedish public-sector preschool staff handle evaluative techniques in the form of numbers and colours within the Lean model. The article shows their eagerness to comply with the ethics of evaluation, while at the same time resisting what they understand as hard-core statistics by, for example, introducing monitoring that includes feelings and experiences.

  • 677.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Managing preschool the Lean way: turning work process improvements into numbers2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 678.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Meeting Ethnography: Architecture, Practices of Circulation and Maker2019Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 679.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Meeting for Change: lean[ing] Swedish Public Preschools2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 680.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Meeting to Improve: Lean[ing] Swedish Public Preschools2017In: Meeting Ethnography: Meetings as Key Technologies of Contemporary Governance, Development, and Resistance / [ed] Jen Sandler, Renita Thedvall, New York: Routledge, 2017, p. 143-157Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 681.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Meetings, courses and forums: doing meeting ethnography in Lean meetings2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper examines role of meetings in the organisation of work practices through the management model Lean in the Swedish public care sector. The paper reveals the significance of meetings when operating the Lean model, but also what it means to be an ethnographer in Lean meetings.

  • 682.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Negotiating impartial indicators: putting transparency into practice in the EU2012In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, ISSN 1359-0987, E-ISSN 1467-9655, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 311-329Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Over the last twenty years, statistics and indicators have come to be closely associated with the notion of transparency. The argument is based on a view that indicators make policy outcomes transparent, as objectively revealed in statistical diagrams and tables. Indicators are, however, politically and culturally loaded. This becomes especially evident in an international organization such as the European Union (EU). The article shows that the production of EU statistics is characterized by a practice of transparency wherein EU bureaucrats must handle two seemingly incompatible logics. There is bureaucratic logic, which refers to the indicators that are seen as representing reality objective and politically neutral. Running parallel is the logic of cultural intimacy, in which the material that is made transparent is based upon what an EU member state wants to keep to itself and not reveal to the entire EU. This practice enables the quest for politically neutral indicators to live on, while at the same time providing room for politically and culturally negotiated indicators.

  • 683.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Plans for Altering Work: Fitting Kids into Car-Management Documents in a Swedish Preschool2018In: Anthropologica, ISSN 0003-5459, Vol. 60, no 1, p. 236-245Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The focus of this article is Lean management action-plan documents and the type of knowledge and values they project when used in Swedish public preschools. The Lean model, also called the Toyota model, originated in the car industry. Two key features of the model were eliminating waste and ensuring that there was a system for continuous improvements in the work processes to render them as efficient as possible. The article explores the absurdities of transplanting a scientific management model and planning from the car industry to preschool, where rigid planning is not conducive to flexibility or the urgent meeting of human needs.

  • 684.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Policies crossing boarders: Implementing an EU Directive in Sweden2007Report (Other academic)
  • 685.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Political Chocolate: Branding it fairtrade2017In: Power, Policy and Profit: Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance / [ed] Christina Garsten, Adrienne Sörbom, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 686.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Political Chocolate: branding it fairtrade2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 687.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Punctuated entries: doing fieldwork in policy meetings in the European Union2013In: Organisational anthropology: doing ethnography in and among complex organisations / [ed] Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist, London: Pluto Press, 2013Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 688.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Quantifying the qualitative: Att översätta politik till siffror2006In: Kloka regler: Kunskapen i regelsamhället / [ed] Karin Fernler & Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Studentlitteratur , 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 689.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Representations of fair trade: Mediating ideals of fair markets through standards documents2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 690.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Representations of fair trade: Rendering 'fairtrade' visible through its standards2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 691.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Representations of fair trade: The Commodification of Political Language through Standards Documents2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 692.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Rituals of Legitimation: Organising Accountability in EU Employment Policy2008In: Organizing Transnational Accountability: Mobilization, Tools, Challenges / [ed] Magnus Boström & Christina Garsten, Edward Elgar , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 693.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Seamless cooperation?: Swedish job coaches and social worker mutually documenting through a series of assessment templates2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 694.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The Duty to Report: Organizing for “whistleblowing” within the Swedish Social Services2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 695.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The EU’s Nomads: National Eurocrats in European policymaking2007In: Observing Government Elites: Up Close and Personal / [ed] P. t’Hart, M. Noordegraaf & R.A.W. Rhodes, Palgrave , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 696.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The meeting as a shaper of the decision-making process: The case of the EU Employment Committee2005Report (Other academic)
  • 697.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The role of bureaucratisation in organising ’fair’ markets: the case of the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO)2010Report (Other academic)
  • 698.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Tillfälliga byråkratier: Mötesformens betydelse för formandet av beslutsprocessen i metaorganisationer2009In: Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, ISSN 1501-8237, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 48-63Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 699.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Transparency at Work: The Production of Indicators for EU Employment Policy.2008In: Transparency in a new global order: unveiling organizational visions / [ed] Christina Garsten & Monica Lindh de Montoya, Edward Elgar , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 700.
    Thedvall, Renita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Utopian models: Visions of efficiency, smooth flows and eliminated waste2019Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In the organization, the modern, utopian project of development and improvement into perfection is in good shape, not least as demonstrated by the success of management models. Management models are visionary. They are about the future creating hope for a better, more efficient workplace and better functioning work processes. One such model is the Lean management model with its focus on efficiency and waste elimination. The model, originally from the automotive industry, has moved into all sorts of organizations including, as discussed in this paper, public preschools. The model’s power of fast, immutable mobility aligned with the perceived utopian ideal of efficiency and modernity rushed the Lean management model into preschools as a force promising solutions to perceived policy problems. In this way, Lean was initiated in order to create a future – to create an imagined future of a Lean, perfectly ordered organization, working efficiently without waste. Even though the Lean model luckily failed to turn preschools into the well-oiled Lean machines, it did manage to create new environments of power and new patterns of governance in preschools. Management models are promoted as models for all organizations, but Lean’s dispositional difference from the policy words and tools that govern preschools and the lack of similarity between the preschool context and the context of the automobile factory rendered the model inept for preschools. Still, the model made itself felt in the preschools by turning resources and focus from pedagogy and care towards efficiency and waste elimination to save time.

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