November 21-23, 2023
Deadline for submission of abstracts (max 500 words) is August 31, 2023.
More information under: https://www.neondagene.no/call-for-papers-2023/
Charlie F. Thompson Organization and Society Research Group Department of Sociology and Political Science Norwegian University of Science and Technology email@example.com
Michael Grothe-Hammer Organization and Society Research Group Department of Sociology and Political Science Norwegian University of Science and Technology firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand challenges and matters of turbulence, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, wars, and corresponding large-scale migrations (e.g. 2015 refugee crisis) are increasingly recurrent issues that test the resilience and robustness of both public governance systems and society. The complexity and variety of society’s challenges appears to have grown immensely in the past decades, as has the complexity of modern society as such. This increase in complexities has been paralleled by an unsolicited increase in both the number of organizations around the globe and the different forms that organization can take. In the past years, scholars in sociology, public administration, and management studies, have come up with a broad variety of new terms defining particular forms of organization. These include hybrid organizations, network organizations, organizations without actorhood, meta-organizations, temporary organizations, and partial organization. These forms of organization often have in common that they represent or entail interorganizational relations, where existing organizations create new organizations and/or collaborative structures. However, these forms of existing organizations diverge in layers of formalization, specialization, purpose, temporality, and structure. Moreover, concepts such as co-creation and social innovation are buzzwords that aim to describe new forms of participation in political processes with the aim to involve new societal groups in local, central or international level of governance – but also to respond to changing landscapes of society. In this panel we seek to unravel the nexus of new forms of organization and its impact on society in times of uncertainty. The panel features a broad understanding of organization and society. We invite both conceptual papers that discuss the relationship between new forms of organization and empirical contributions (both interpretive, case- and variable-based approaches) that explore real-world cases at different governance or societal settings.
Topics of interest are:
• new forms of organization unconventional forms of organization
• new theories of organization
• interorganizational relations
• hybrid organization
• network governance
• governance networks
• partial organization
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