Presenting 2019 EGOS subtheme 37 call for papers

I had the chance to present our call for papers (subtheme 37) for EGos 2019 this morning in Toronto ISA2018.

For those who could not attend, we are happy to share the presentation here:

http://heloiseberkowitz.weebly.com/uploads/6/2/8/4/62846031/180720_cfp_egos_presentation.pdf

Looking forward to seeing you all in EGOS next year to continue the great discussion we are having here in Toronto !

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EGOS 2019 in Edinburgh: A subtheme on “The Intricacies of Meta-Organizations”

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As previously advertised, Nils Brunsson (Uppsala University), Héloïse Berkowitz (CNRS TSM Research) and Sanne Bor (Hanken School of Economics) will be hosting a sub-theme entitled “the Intricacies of Meta-Organizations” on all forms of collective action among organizations.

The objective of the subtheme is to develop new insights on meta-organizations and meta-organizing, to create and strengthen the basis for theorizing this kind of organization and organizing process. We also aim to connect meta-organization scholarship with other literatures, from trade association to inter-organizational relations.

You can find here a provisional call for papers.

More information on submissions are available on EGOS website from September 2018 onwards.

Deadline for submissions will be around the first half of January 2019.

We are waiting for your submissions ! Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Feel free to circulate the call widely !

Subtheme on meta-organizations accepted to EGOS 2019

We are excited to announce that our subtheme on “The Intricacies of Meta-Organizations” has been accepted to EGOS 2019.

We look forward to seeing you all in Edinburg, and wait for your submission on all topics relative to meta-organizing collective action !

Call for papers soon to be available here !

Nils Brunsson, Héloïse Berkowitz, Sanne Bor

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Audio slide presentation of “meta-organizing capabilities for sustainable innovation”

I am very excited to introduce you to my latest Elsevier Audio Slide presentation of my paper “Meta-Organizing Firms’ Capabilities for Sustainable Innovation: a Conceptual Framework” published in the Journal of Cleaner Production

Abstract

Organizing practices at the collective level of firms and entrepreneurs, i.e. ‘meta-organizing’, is a necessity for the development and diffusion of sustainable innovations. This paper seeks to build a meta-organization approach of sustainable innovation’s governance. To do so, we conducted a three-stage literature review and analysis to 1) identify organizational capabilities that businesses need to acquire to develop sustainable innovations, 2) uncover attributes of meta-organizations as devices for governance, 3) relate these attributes to the capabilities for sustainable innovations. Our contributions are twofold: first we build a more comprehensive understanding of organizational capabilities, insisting on the overlooked importance of accountability, in addition to existing literature on anticipation, resilience, reflexivity, responsiveness and inclusion. Second, we highlight the key role of meta-organizations in facilitating the meta-governance of these capabilities. We propose a research agenda to further investigate these issues in several families of meta-organizations.

It is available here 

http://audioslides.elsevier.com//ViewerLarge.aspx?source=1&doi=10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.028

http://audioslides.elsevier.com//ViewerLarge.aspx?source=1&doi=10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.028

Call for Papers for the Inter-Organizational Collaboration-SIG mini-track at BAM2018

Organizations of Organizations – calling for cross-literature insights

Track organizers:
Sanne Bor (Hanken School of Economics and Vaasa University)
Héloïse Berkowitz (CNRS UMR 5303, Toulouse School of Management-Research and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals)

Organizations of organizations, such as meta-organizations, multi-partner alliances, consortia, trade associations, business associations, formalized networks, and coalitions, are an important phenomenon in contemporary society. They contribute, among other things, to the creation of standards, the self-steering of industries, sharing of R&D and other major costs, and coordination within and across sectors. These organizations exist in all domains and every single organization – firms, NGOs, universities – is a member of at least one other organization, in a form or another. More often than not, organizations belong to several different ones.

This widespread phenomenon has attracted attention in several literatures from organization studies to strategic management, resulting in a variety of terms being used. The phenomenon itself, i.e. the organization of organizations, however, is not the focus of any literature. This results in a fragmented conceptual understanding and independent, non-inclusive theory developments in silos (Cropper, Ebers, Huxham, & Ring, 2008, 2011). Berkowitz and Bor (2017) recently called for a collaborative effort to strengthen the theoretical basis for understanding these organizations by bringing together these different streams of literature. With this track, we aim to put this call into action.

While there is growing recognition of the features particular to these organizations (see e.g. Ahrne & Brunsson, 2005, 2008), we hope this track will bring new theoretical and practical insights about the consequences of such features. What do these features mean for key organization, administrative, management, political or sociological theories and meta-organization practice? Do they make a difference? If so, how? What empirical work supports this? Successful submissions to the track should explicitly discuss how the paper contributes to meta-organization theory and/or practice. A suggestive list of research questions includes:

  • How do meta-organizations change over time and what are the causes of change?
  • What are the implications of meta-organizations’ specific features on their organizational and managerial dynamics?
  • How do meta-organizations and their members mobilize, acquire, combine and use resources and what are the consequences thereof?
  • Which methods or processes of decision-making are used and how does this affect the meta-organization?
  • How can we measure meta-organizations’ performance and what would be the antecedents of such performance?
  • How may these organizations help to address major socio-environmental challenges such as climate change?
  • How may these organizations facilitate industry or societal transitions to sustainability?

 

Naturally, other perspectives and topics related to meta-organizations are also considered. Further, at the review stage, papers with a less optimal fit to this particular mini track will be considered for inclusion at the main track of the Special Interest Group on Inter-Organizational Collaboration.

 

You can submit a full or developmental paper:

15th January: Paper submission opens

28th February:  Paper submission closes

Find out more on: www.bam.ac.uk/bam2018

 

References

Ahrne, G., & Brunsson, N. (2005). Organizations and meta-organizations. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 21, 429–449.

Ahrne, G., & Brunsson, N. (2008). Meta-organizations. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Berkowitz, H., & Bor, S. (2017). Why Meta-Organizations Matter: A Response to Lawton et al. and Spillman. Journal of Management Inquiry, 1056492617712895.

Cropper, S., Ebers, M., Huxham, C., & Ring, P. S. (Eds.). (2008). The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.

Cropper, S., Ebers, M., Huxham, C., & Ring, P. S. (2011). Packing more punch? Developing the field of inter-organisational relations. International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, 2, 153–170.

CoP_BAM2018_IOC-SIG_Organizations of organizations

Meta-organizing firms’ capabilities for sustainable innovation: a conceptual framework

Announcing a publication: Berkowitz (2018), « Meta-organizing firms’ capabilities for sustainable innovation: a conceptual framework », Journal of Cleaner Production, forthcoming

Organizing practices at the collective level of firms and entrepreneurs, i.e. ‘meta-organizing’, is a necessity for the development and diffusion of sustainable innovations. This paper seeks to build a meta-organization approach of sustainable innovation’s governance. To do so, we conducted a three-stage literature review and analysis to 1) identify organizational capabilities that businesses need to acquire to develop sustainable innovations, 2) uncover attributes of meta-organizations as devices for governance, 3) relate these attributes to the capabilities for sustainable innovations. Our contributions are twofold: first we build a more comprehensive understanding of organizational capabilities, insisting on the overlooked importance of accountability, in addition to existing literature on anticipation, resilience, reflexivity, responsiveness and inclusion. Second, we highlight the key role of meta-organizations in facilitating the meta-governance of these capabilities. We propose a research agenda to further investigate these issues in several families of meta-organizations.

 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321491104_Meta-Organizing_Firms%27_Capabilities_for_Sustainable_Innovation_a_Conceptual_Framework

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095965261732958X

Why Meta-Organizations Matter: A Response to Lawton et al. and Spillman

Announcing the publication of :

Berkowitz H. and Bor S., 2017. Why Meta-Organizations Matter: A Response to Lawton et al. and Spillman. Journal of Management Inquiry, OnlineFirst.

In a recent issue in this journal, Lawton et al. and Spillman argue for the importance of studying trade associations, also referred to with the broader term meta-organization. They discuss why meta-organizations matter and why more research is needed on the topic. We fully concur with the authors that meta-organizations constitute an inflating, diverse, and undeniable phenomenon of collective action among organizations and that collective scholarly efforts are necessary to improve our understanding of meta-organizations in their multiplicity. In this article, we shed some light on a body of work already investigating the matter. They constitute what we call the “European School” of meta-organization. We show the relevance of this recent European work for the US–UK-oriented trade association research and aim to bridge the gap between these research traditions by proposing a common research agenda on key topics of resources, forms’ differentiation, coopetition, and their role in sustainability governance.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317411102_Why_Meta-Organizations_Matter_A_Response_to_Lawton_et_al_and_Spillman 

Co-constructing regulation: the role of a meta-organization

Last week at Abbé Grégoire Innovation Day, Antoine Souchaud and I presented a paper the role of a meta-organization in the collective construction of regulation in an emerging sector. We look at crowdfunding in France and its structuration by FPF, a sectoral meta-organization.

We had many interesting comments, especially on the deviant dimension of actors who set up a new regulatory framework.

Thanks every one for this great day of conferences !

 

Collectively designing sustainable practices in the extractive industries

Few industries have been pressured to develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards and policies like oil and gas and mining industries.

This has translated into the creation of non-governmental organizations and branches of the oil and gas firms focused on CSR. However, given the intrinsic complex characteristics of this industry, its global reach, and the fact that its operations affect and involve a wide variety of stakeholders, CSR issues cannot be defined and implemented exclusively at the industry or firm levels, but require the participation of other actors affected directly or indirectly by oil and gas activities.

In this paper we argue, first, that oil and gas CSR issues are collectively constructed through meta-organizations (organizations composed by other organizations), and, second, that the complexity and variety of CSR issues require companies to build industry-specific and non-industry-specific collective actions. Based on how oil and gas firms participate in this multi-level co-construction of CSR issues, we created a typology of meta-organizations as infra-sectoral, sectoral, cross-sectoral, and supra-sectoral meta-organizations.

Read more on the Journal Of Business Ethics

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10551-016-3073-2

And here

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/295688266_Collectively_Designing_CSR_Through_Meta-Organizations_A_Case_Study_of_the_Oil_and_Gas_Industry

What roles do meta-organizations play in performing sustainability?

By what chain of actions does an idea as abstract as “sustainable development” come to have effects on corporate management at the operational level? After describing a setup of arrangements involving meta-organizations and the oil industry, questions are raised about the resulting organizational complexity.

This is the topic my new paper published in the online version of Gérer et Comprendre addresses :

Read more here on Researchgate