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Organizing and strategizing projective cities: Enabling and constraining action in meshworks
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
2014 (English)In: EGOS (European Group of Organization Studies) 2014, Rotterdam: Sub-theme 53: Designing Innovative and Responsible Organizations: Cities, Communities and Workplaces, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Living, working and playing for over 50 per cent of the global population takes place in cities. In recent years, organization scholars who study cities have become interested in how organizing are translated into ongoing actions and how these actions are assembled in the city context. They have pointed out that organizations perform strategizing, designing and organizing, directing readers’ attention to ongoing movements in and around organizations. The present paper describes city development as a situated practice and proposes a conceptual vocabulary comprehensive enough to catch the complexity of strategic endeavors such as performing a ‘city of culture’. Our group of researchers followed the materialization of a large development-culture initiative, attempting to understand how organizing and strategizing were shaped in the context of this initiative. As a way to analyze ongoing actions, we refused to treat the city as a stable and separate entity; rather, we saw the city as a ‘meshwork’; heterogeneous assemblies emerging on its terrain. Public and private initiatives worked in tandem, in concert and contest, becoming repeatedly translated into ‘projectified’ practices. ‘Projectifying’ and ‘projecting’ city development is thus an attempt to shape and form what can be named ‘projective cities’. Such a projective city is comprised of multiple projects, multiple arenas, and multiple forces – entangled together.

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Keyword [en]
Meshworks, Projective cities, Culture-driven growth, Narrative dualities
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-91468OAI: diva2:736251
30th European Group of Organization Studies Conference (EGOS) Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 3-5 2014
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2014-08-05 Created: 2014-08-05 Last updated: 2016-02-04

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