Disappearing Organization? Reshaping the Sociology of Organizations (Part 2)

Monday, 16 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC17 Sociology of Organization (host committee)

Language: English

This session proposal relates to a publication project. We plan a monograph issue of Current Sociology which showcases recent developments in the sociology of organizations, mapping out the most productive relationships between organization studies and core theoretical and empirical concerns in the discipline of sociology.

For some time now there has been a downcast among sociologists interested in organizations: The ideas and competences of organizational sociology have been increasingly coopted and reshaped by management and business studies. But the price paid for this has often been, with some exceptions, silo effect and an uncoupling from core sociological concerns such as power, inequality or social justice. Yet, the potential for significant contributions here remains strong, if the organization as an important social phenomenon is once more taken seriously. Only by uncovering the tangible and intangible aspects of organizing social reality are we in a position to reclaim a sociological “stance” on the study of organizations (Du Gay, 2014).

Contributions to this session will establish a clear connection between organizational phenomena and big social issues. The papers address the following questions:

  1. What qualifies organizations as social actors? What characterizes the organizational take on social reality?
  2. What does the organizational perspective contribute to the study of big social issues such as social inequality, big data, globalization, violence, the financial crises or migration?
  3. How might insights about emerging phenomena in sociology enliven the study of organizations as social actors?
  4. What is missing in the sociology of organization? Where is there potential for theory building?
Session Organizers:
Cristina BESIO, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany, Kathia SERRANO-VELARDE, University of Heidelberg, Germany and Paul DU GAY, CBS Copenhagen, Denmark
Cristina BESIO, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany
Oral Presentations
Social Order and Organizational Dynamics in Alternative Currency Movement Network
Mikko LAAMANEN, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom; Christine MOSER, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands; Sanne BOR, Hanken School of Economics, Finland; Frank DEN HOND, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Temporary Organizing – the End of Organizations As We Know Them?
Joerg SYDOW, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany; Arnold WINDELER, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
The Möbius Organizational Form: Make, Buy, Cooperate ... or Co-Opt?
David STARK, Columbia University, USA; Elizabeth WATKINS, Columbia University, USA
Dismembering Organisation: How Medical Algorithms Are Remaking the Human in Healthcare
Simon BAILEY, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Dean PIERIDES, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Adam BRISLEY, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Clara WEISSHAAR, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Tom BLAKEMAN, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Distributed Papers