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Serial Singularities: Developing a Network Organization by Organizing Events

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

26 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2012  

Leonhard Dobusch

Department of Organization and Learning

Gordon Müller-Seitz

Free University of Berlin

Date Written: July 1, 2012

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.

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

JEL Classification: L2

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2155083

Leonhard Dobusch (Contact Author)

Department of Organization and Learning ( email )

Universitätsstraße 15
Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020
Austria

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uibk.ac.at/iol/index.html.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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