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Beyond institutional theory - the partial organization of markets and organizations

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Organization studies researchers have traditionally been good at importing ideas from other areas of research but poor at exporting their own ideas to other fields. And even within the field of organization studies, interest in organizations has decreased over the past decades as organization scholars have turned away from organizations to address such other phenomena as institutions or networks. Both developments are undermining the significance of organization studies as a distinctive field of research, the insights of which are necessary for understanding modern society. In order to strengthen concern for the particularities of organization in social theorizing, decisions should be moved back to the core of the field and the notion of organization should be extended beyond organizations.

All are welcome to attend! Free light lunch provided!

Bio: Nils Brunsson is professor of management at Uppsala University and is affiliated to (and a co-founder of) Score (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research). From 1986 to 2010 he held a chair in management at the Stockholm School of Economics. He has published around 30 books in the field of organization studies (including Mechanisms of Hope, The Consequences of Decision-Making, Meta-Organizations (with G. Ahrne) and Reform as Routine) as well as numerous articles. He has studied decision-making, administrative reform and standardization. His current research interests include the organization of markets, partial organization, meta-organizations and the construction of competition. At present he is leading a research program on the organization of markets.

Nils Brunsson has received several awards, he has held the Niklas Luhmann Gastprofessur in Bielefeld, received the Swedish Research Council’s grant for excellent scholars and he is an honorary member of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS).

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