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Serial Singularities: Developing a Network Organization by Organizing Events

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  • Leonhard Dobusch
  • Gordon Müller-Seitz

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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.

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  • Leonhard Dobusch & Gordon Müller-Seitz, 2012. "Serial Singularities: Developing a Network Organization by Organizing Events," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 64(3), pages 204-229, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:64:y:2012:i:3:p:204-229
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    Keywords

    Convening; Event Choreography; Interorganizational Network Management; Practice; Structuration Theory; Wikimedia Foundation;

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    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior

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