Call for Papers – Euram 2016 – SIG Business for Society

We invite you to submit papers to the Track Organizing collective action: meta, partial and temporary organizations (T 01_08)

Collective action among organizations is increasing and needs to take new adaptive forms. Literature has recently started to investigate these flexible organizational devices, ranging from formal meta-organization—organizations which members are themselves organizations (Ahrne and Brunsson 2008, Berkowitz and Dumez 2015)— to more partial or transitory inter-organizational forms such as permanent cooperations, partnerships, projects and so on (Gulati et al. 2012, Jones and Lichtenstein 2008). The degree of partiality (Ahrne and Brunsson 2010) often varies. When collective action among organizations develops, it integrates more or less of several elements among hierarchy, membership, rules, monitoring and sanctions.

Meta-organizations cover international government organizations such as WTO and non-governmental such as Star Alliance, FIFA, CEMS, etc. Transitory organizations describe energy megaprojects, inter-organizational collaborations, and world sports events coordination. Reasons to set these up are numerous, from the need for collective CSR, to standardization, governance of transnational projects, collaboration between consumer associations, etc. We welcome case studies with strong theoretical implications, covering the empirical diversity: organization among firms, among stakeholders such as NGO, governments, municipalities, temporary organizations, social movements, standardization, etc.

We want to investigate these manageable types of cooperation. Our current understanding of collective action involving organizations is limited by the lack of a strong theorizing to conceptualize rationale, dynamics and processes of collective action organizing. Especially, the creation process of meta-organizations and other forms is not well known: from the decision process (creating an organization of organizations) to the choice of an organizational form (partial or complete, formal or informal, profit or non-profit, transitory or permanent…), or of membership (businesses, universities, governments, associations, civil society…). The dynamics of these organizational forms (stability, life and death) and their efficiency are also key topics that papers submitted to the call could address.

We welcome you to join us in Paris in June 2016 !

More information and submission process on Euram website 

Deadline for submission: 12th of January 2016 (2 pm Belgian time)


Ahrne, G., N. Brunsson. 2005. “Organizations and meta-organizations”.Scandinavian Journal of Management, 21(4), pp. 429–449.

Ahrne, G., N. Brunsson. 2008. Meta-organizations. Cheltenham, Glos, UK; Northampton, MA, USA, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Ahrne, G., N. Brunsson. 2010. “Organization outside organizations: the significance of partial organization”. Organization 18(1) 83–104.

Ahrne, G., N. Brunsson. 2010. “L’organisation en dehors des organisations ou l’organisation incomplète”, Le Libellio d’AEGIS, 6(1), pp. 1-20

Berkowitz, H., H. Dumez. 2015. “La dynamique des dispositifs d’action collective entre firmes: le cas des méta-organisations dans le secteur pétrolier”. Année Sociologique, 65(2), pp. 333-524.

Gulati, R., P. Puranam, M. Tushman. 2012. “Meta-organization design: Rethinking design in interorganizational and community contexts”. Strategic Management Journal 33(6) 571–586.

Jones, C., B. B. Lichtenstein. 2008. Temporary inter-organizational projects: how temporal and social embeddedness enhance coordination and manage uncertainty. Oxf. Handb. Inter-Organ. Relat. 231–255.


Hervé Dumez is research director (CNRS)  director of the CRG (Center in Management Studies), École polytechnique, and director of i3 (the Interdisciplinary Institute of Innovation) that brings together management, sociology and economics research centers from Mines ParisTech, Polytechnique and Telecom Paris. He was visiting professor at M.I.T. (2001) and at Stockholm School of economics (2012). His research focuses on interactions between strategies, market structures and regulation policies. He authored or co-authored more than 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and 10 books, including a last one on qualitative research methodology, which is to be published in English. He is associate editor at the European Management Review.

Nils Brunsson holds the Chair in Management at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has published more than twenty books in the field of organization theory, including “Organizing Organizations” (ed. with J.P. Olsen, 1998) and “Meta-organizations” (with G. Ahrne, 2008). He is affiliated to Score (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research) where he is currently leading a research program on the organization of markets.

Christina Garsten is professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and at the Department of Intercultural and Management at the Copenhagen Business School. She is Chair of Score (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research), which is a centre for multidisciplinary research on the organization of society ( She was previously Director of Score and Research Director at the same centre. Christina Garsten’s research interests are oriented towards organizational anthropology, with a special focus on globalization processes in corporations and markets. She has done fieldwork in the US, the UK, and Sweden.

Héloïse Berkowitz is a Phd applicant at i3-CRG, Ecole Polytechnique. She graduated from HEC Paris, la Sorbonne and CEMS. Her research deals with sustainable collective strategies and meta-organizations in the energy sector. She is interested in topics such as the performativity of social sciences, interorganizational collective action between firms and stakeholders, and specific transdisciplinary issues such as human rights and oceans’ management


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