Toward Permeable Boundaries of Organizations? Vol: 57

Leopold Ringel
Bielefeld University, Germany

Petra Hiller
University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen, Germany

Charlene Zietsma
Pennsylvania State University, USA

Product Details
17 Oct 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
392 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
The classical concept of organizations as comprising solitary ‘walled-in’ actors with clear operational boundaries is increasingly being challenged. On the one hand, established organizational forms have been supplemented by a whole variety of new ones that only partially exhibit their properties and that frequently embed single organizations in national or transnational networks; furthermore, it is often not clear who the members of an organization are and what membership actually means, as in the case of new companies such as Uber or AirBnB, and even traditional organizations, such as universities, are undergoing drastic changes. On the other hand, organizations face increasing demands for transparency, meaning they have to disclose more and more information, which is supposed to engender less corruption, more efficiency, and more legitimacy. 

This volume investigates the impact of these changes on organizations and offers conceptual as well as empirical insights. Divided into four parts this volume examines concepts of organizational boundaries, boundaries and organizational dynamics, meta organization and organizational networks, and boundaries and organizational fields.
Introduction: Toward Permeable Boundaries of Organizations?; Leopold Ringel, Petra Hiller and Charlene Zietsma 
Section 1: Conceptualizing Organizational Boundaries  
1. Accounting, Boundary Making, and Organizational Permeability; Michael Power 
2. Boundaries of Visibility in the Age of Transparency: An Integrative Conceptualization; Leopold Ringel 
3. Collaboration as an Organizational Design for Shared Purpose; Paul S. Adler and Charles Heckscher
4. Platform Organizing in the New Digital Economy: Revisiting Online Communities and Strategic Responses; Georg Reischauer and Johanna Mair 
Section 2: Boundaries and Organizational Dynamics 
5. Organizational Boundaries in Fluid Forms of Production: The Case of Apache Open-Source Software; Vitaliano Barberio, Markus A. Höllerer, Renate E. Meyer and Dennis Jancsary 
6. Redesigning Organizational Boundaries and Internal Structures: A Sociological Interpretation of Activation Policies; Martin Heidenreich, Petra Hiller, and Steffen Dörhöfer 
7. Working for an App: Organizational Boundaries, Roles and Meaning of WoApplyrk in the "On-Demand" Economy; Anna Roberts and Charlene Zietsma 
8. The Perils of Organizational Transparency: Consistency, Surveillance and Authority Negotiations; Oana Albu and Leopold Ringel 
Section 3: Extending Boundaries: Meta Organization and Organizational Networks 
9. How do Meta-Organizations Affect Extra-Organizational Boundaries? The Case of University Associations; Jelena Brankovic 
10. The Effect of Space on Boundaries Within Organizational Networks; Maja Apelt and Jana Hunnius 
Section 4: Boundaries and Organizational Fields
11. Big Data, Bigger Questions: Data-Based Business Models and their Implications for Organizational Boundaries, Data Governance, and Society; Angelique Slade Shantz 
12. Discipline Making and Organizational Permeability of the University: Discussing the Notion of Organizational Field; Kari Kantasalmi and Juha Tuunainen
Leopold Ringel is Lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University, Germany. His research examines issues of transparency and its impact on organizational processes as well rankings as a practice of publicly comparing performances. He is co-editor of the book series Political Sociology, published by Springer VS.
Petra Hiller is Professor of Organization and Governance at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen, Germany. Her research interests centre on cognitive theory of organization and public governance. She was Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford, UK, and at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain, and was Guest Professor at the Institute for Sociology at Vienna University, Austria. 
Charlene Zietsma is Associate Professor, Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University, USA, and part-time Professor of Management at University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She has published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, amongst others. She is a Senior Editor for Organization Studies and serves on the editorial board for several other journals.

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