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An organized network: World Economic Forum and the partial organizing of global agendas
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
2019 (English)In: Organization outside organizations: The abundance of partial organization in social life / [ed] Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 212-234Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter answers the question of how the World Economic Fourm (WEF) constructs authority for itself in the global arena by studying the form of political action that the WEF draws upon. We argue that it constructs authority beyond itself through turning some participants from its many events into a form of members, thus partially organizing its environment. Participants at WEF activities, as well as WEF staff, would call this order a ‘network’. We acknowledge the network aspects of this order, but argue that it is foremost based on organization; it is a decided order, based on decisions taken within the WEF. Empirically, the chapter builds on interview data within Geneva staff and participants at WEF activities.

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Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019. p. 212-234
Keywords [en]
World Economic Forum, network, membership, monitoring, authority, organization, decision
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Social Anthropology; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178963DOI: 10.1017/9781108604994.010ISBN: 9781108474986 (print)ISBN: 9781108604994 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178963DiVA, id: diva2:1392737
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Swedish Research Council, 2010-12569-76610-69Available from: 2020-02-10 Created: 2020-02-10 Last updated: 2020-02-14Bibliographically approved

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