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Research Seminar | Meta-organizations

Monday January 23, 2023, from 12:00 to 13:30
Room 24.120 (First Floor). Mercè Rodoreda 24 building
Research seminar

Heloise Berkowitz (IBEI). ChairIrina Ciornei (IBEI)

This paper develops the basis for a decisional organization theory. Important approaches, like sociological systems theory, partial and meta-organization or organizationality, share the assumption that decisions are a central component of organizations. However, organization studies still fail to fully account for the role of decision in the emergence and continuation of organization. Yet, while pre-modern societies could rely on institutionalized orders in the form of traditions and authorities, the contemporary world rests on a myriad of decisions to cope with societal complexities. We develop an integrated, decisional organization theory (decisional OT) in which we articulate several concepts of organization theory, thus presenting organization as both a system of decision and a decided social order. Further looking at organization as a continuum, we distinguish between 'entitative organizationality', i.e., degrees of organizationality at the entity level, and 'structural organizationality', i.e., combination of organizational elements. This approach constitutes an important development for OT because it helps us analyze the complex layering and intertwining of social orders inside, outside, among, and as organization(s).

Héloïse Berkowitz has a Phd in management science from i3-CRG, Ecole Polytechnique. She graduated from HEC Paris, la Sorbonne and CEMS and was a visiting scholar at Columbia School of International Public Affairs and Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. Her research deals with sustainable collective strategies and self-regulation devices in the energy sector. She is also interested in topics such as the performativity of strategy and social sciences, meta-organizations, sectoral governance, and specific interdisciplinary issues such as human rights and oceans’ management. 

During the course 2022-23, IBEI has organised a series of research seminars, which normally take place once a week. Check the 2022-23 programme