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Green Templeton College | Oxford

5 February 2014

Speaker: Professor Nils Brunsson

In our contemporary world, people interact and communicate at greater distances than ever before, and interaction and communication reinforce and are reinforced by strong global similarities. An increasing number of categories are now being used worldwide: states, firms, and unions, for example, can be found virtually everywhere, and they tend to nurture similar ideas and behave in similar ways. Their very similarity makes it possible to differentiate among them according to status - there are global status orders providing world champions in sports, universities, and cities.

Much of this global order is best understood as the result of organisation, although not always the type of organisation that has been the object for organisation theory. Organisation is a phenomenon that takes place not only within but also outside and between formal organisations.