Organizing Networks

An Actor-Network Theory of Organizations

Andréa Belliger and David J. Krieger

Transcript-Verlag

Organizing Networks

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Pub Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9783837636161

272 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Organizing Networks

An Actor-Network Theory of Organizations

Andréa Belliger and David J. Krieger

Transcript-Verlag

What are organizations? Where do they come from? How are they transformed and adapted to new situations? In the digital age and in the global network society, traditional theories of the organization can no longer answer these questions. Based on actor-network theory, this book explains organizations as flexible, open networks in which both human and non-human actors enter into socio-technical assemblies by constantly negotiating and re-negotiating programs of action. Organizations are not macro social structures or autonomous systems operating behind the backs of individuals. Instead, they are scalable actor-networks guided by network norms of connectivity, flow, communication, participation, authenticity, and flexibility.

About the Author

Andréa Belliger is director of learning services at the Teacher's Training University of Lucerne and also director of the Institute for Communication & Leadership.

David J. Krieger is director of the Institute for Communication & Leadership, Lucerne, Switzerland.