A growing number of organizations are meta-organizations; rather than individuals they have other organizations as their members. This comprehensive book explains, in-depth, the unique way in which meta-organizations function, how they differ from organizations with individual membership, and how they are crucial agents in the process of globalization.
The book opens a whole new area for organizational research. It will be essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students interested in organization theory, globalization, politics and organizations, or international organizations.
Goeran Ahrne, former Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden and Nils Brunsson, Professor, Chair in Management, Uppsala University, Sweden. They are affiliated to the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (Score)
Contents: Preface 1. Organized Organizations 2. Many Meta-organizations 3. Environment, Members, and Meta-organizations 4. Creating and Sustaining Meta-organizations 5. Similarity, Dissimilarity, and Identity Formation 6. Conflicts and Decision-making Problems 7. The Dynamics of Meta-organizations 8. Meta-organizations and Individual-based Organizations 9. Organized Globalisation References Index