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Organiseringens logik: en studie av kommunal näringslivspolitik
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Business Administration.
1991 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The logic of organizing : A study of municipal industrial policy (English)
Abstract [en]

How are the processes of shaping and developing municipal industrial policies built up over time? With this basic question as the starting point, this study deals with the complex every-day life of the industrial policy makers. Policy making is believed to be constituted by actions linked together by the participants' definitions and attitudes. The aim of the study is therefore to build up an understanding for organizing, based on social action theory, and analyze how the industrial policies are shaped and developed in some selected municipalities.

Theoretically, organizing is described as being composed of three key components. These are: action-processes (the meaningful and consistent social interaction around different tasks), action-patterns (the patterns in the way of interacting that can be gathered from the processes over time) and the logic of action (the ideas and attitudes that encompass the organizing). The answer to the basic question is expected to be found through empirical studies of the organizing processes' key components.

The method used is deep inductive case studies of three municipalities, namely, the municipalités of Eastriver, Southbay and Weststream. They have been selected so that the local environments are similar but the developed industrial policies differ. The case- studies are reported in terms of action-processes and with this as the base, action- patterns in each of the municipalités are discussed.

The analyses shows that the logic of action in the municipalities differ significantly. The logics of actions in the three municipalities are optional in Eastriver, restrictive in Southbay and definite in Weststream. The optional action of logic imposes the interaction itself as the most important component in the industrial policy and only those activities which are widely accepted among the participants will be carried out. This means that industrial policy focuses on broad issues rather than delimited problems. Restrictive logic of action has an obstructive effect on the actions. It is very difficult to carry out any industrial policy activity since the action-processes are constantly critizised by some of the participants. A definite action of logic is characterized by clearly defined problems and possibilities which the industrial policy can deal with; other matters are ignored. The participants are secure about their task and why they should work as they do.

A more complex and theoretical mode of analysis shows that organizing can be further understood by relating the social action components (process, patterns and logic) to the environment and the individual participants. The relations between indivi­dual action and social action contexts depend upon different kinds of interpretation and determine how the interaction is built up. The relations between environment and social action contexts depend on the focusing of the environment and determine what issues will be viewed as a part of the industrial policy. All together, individual action, social action and environment form the logic of organizing and provide an answer to the question of how the processes of shaping and developing are built up.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 1991. , 296 p.
Studier i företagsekonomi. Serie B, ISSN 0346-8291 ; 31
Keyword [en]
municipal industrial policy, social action theory, organizing, action- processes, action-patterns, logic of action, environment focusing, individual interpretation
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-65872ISBN: 91-7174-572-6OAI: diva2:605671
Public defence
1991-04-19, Institutionen för företagsekonomi, Hörsal A, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:15
Available from: 2013-02-14 Created: 2013-02-12 Last updated: 2013-02-14Bibliographically approved

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