Overcoming empty spaces: understanding co-operation between organizations as value-creation spaces
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
The purpose of this paper is to explore the theoretical potential of space in relation to organizational co-operations and to probe what kind of ideas the use of the space concept brings forward applied on an empirical material. We do this by analyzing the habits of thought through which public servants in four different public organizations construct their organizations abilities for co-operation. Showing that they perceive their organizations as different, threatened and important based on their experiences of previous co-operations, we propose that such constructs contribute to their “empty space”-understanding of co-operations; i.e. their idea that it is difficult to overcome spaces created in-between co-operating organizations. Shifting the focus from the organizations participating in the cooperation, to the joint organizing of actions will enable us to redefine experienced difficulties as potential generative spaces, we argue, which creates better conditions for successful co-operation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
organizational co-operation, empty space, generative space, habit of thought
Research subject Industrial Economics and Organisations
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30907OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-30907DiVA: diva2:898972
EGOS, Athens, June 9-11, 2015