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Serial Singularities: Developing a Network Organization by Organizing Events


Leonhard Dobusch


Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics

Gordon Müller-Seitz


Free University of Berlin

July 1, 2012

Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 64, July 2012, pp. 204-229

Abstract:     
Recent research on organized events highlights their transitory and distinctive nature. In contrast, we reconceptualize events by challenging their singularity. We focus on events as recurring and organized activities in terms of serial singularities, while still acknowledging their individual distinctiveness. Using a case study of Wikimedia, the formal organizational body that supports and coordinates organizational arenas such as Wikipedia, we show how interorganizational events and structures reinform each other, thereby enabling coordinating and boundary spanning practices. We (re)produce these functions by using an event choreography that targets three different levels of Wikimedia: local grass-roots, national, and transnational events.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Convening, Event Choreography, Interorganizational Network Management, Practice, Structuration Theory, Wikimedia Foundation

JEL Classification: L2

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Date posted: October 1, 2012  

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Dobusch, Leonhard and Müller-Seitz, Gordon, Serial Singularities: Developing a Network Organization by Organizing Events (July 1, 2012). Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 64, July 2012, pp. 204-229. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2155083

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Leonhard Dobusch (Contact Author)
Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics ( email )
Boltzmannstrasse 20
D-14195 Berlin, 14195
Germany
+493083856274 (Phone)
+493083856808 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://bit.ly/FU-Dobusch-EN
Gordon Müller-Seitz
Free University of Berlin ( email )
School of Business Econimics
Boltzmannstrasse 20
D-14195 Berlin
Germany
49-30-83853783 (Phone)
49-30-83856808 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.fu-berlin.de/wiwiss
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