Shaping meaning about joint action in meta-organisational meetings
Paper i proceeding, 2019

Collaboration between different organisations creates a new organisation made up of organisations – a meta-organisation. In meta-organisations, where there is scope for experimentation and innovation, dialogue about the meaning of joint action is ongoing. I explore meta-organisational meetings as spaces that support representatives from different organisations to shape meaning about joint action. I draw on a two-year ethnographic study of a partnership of fifteen organisations that worked together to test and develop electric buses and related infrastructure live within the public transport system of a Scandinavian city. I consider a conversation between a group of senior leaders representing member organisations that was orchestrated by the coordinators of the meta-organisation. Engaging in relationally-responsive practices, the participants inquire into what they can do collectively and what this means for the meta-organisation. The paper makes clearer how meetings offer a site for understanding more of meaning-making for the joint action of meta-organising.

organisational ethnography

societal challenges

Meta-organisations

arresting moments

relational-responsivity

practical authorship

inter-organisational collaboration

meetings

sustainability

Författare

Jane Webb

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Entrepreneurship and strategy

British Academy of Management
Aston University, United Kingdom,

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Innovation och entreprenörskap

Styrkeområden

Transport

Energi

Ämneskategorier

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

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2019-06-13