EGOS 2012, “Self-reinforcing Processes in Organizations, Networks and Professions”
| Peter Klein |
The European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) is having the 2012 annual conference in Helsinki, July 2-7. The overall theme is design, and one of the subthemes is “Self-reinforcing Processes in Organizations, Networks and Professions,” a subject sure to interest many O&Mers. See the links above for details. Blurb after the fold:
‘Self-reinforcement dynamics’ are defined as a process of positive feedback in which the increase of a particular variable leads to a further increase of this very variable. Examples of such intended and unintended processes, which bring about an action pattern which eventually gets deeply embedded in (inter-) organizational or professional practice, are self-justification, increasing returns, positive and negative network externalities, and adjusting expectations. The sub-theme particularly invites contributions that focus on one or more of the following issues:
- The role of triggering events and actions in self-reinforcing processes
- Organizational learning and self-reinforcing dynamics.
- The logic of self-reinforcing mechanisms and their development over time (network effects, economies of scale, complementarities, etc.)
- Surfacing self-reinforcing patterns in organizations and/or professions: making self-reinforcing dynamics reflexive
- Studying self-reinforcing processes and systemic practices in organizations and/or professions, e.g. the mutual institutionalization of professional roles and professional schools.
- Analyzing self-reinforcing processes in inter-organizational relations and practices, focusing, e.g., on science-industry relations, regional clusters, local and global financial markets, etc.
- The interaction between self-reinforcing processes at different levels (individual, group, organizational, network, field, profession) and the underlying linkages.
- Breaking the code: to stop self-reinforcement with the help of intentional and unintentional activities (e.g. stopping events, break outs, paradoxical interventions by third party, or designing unlearning patterns).
- Designing self-reinforcing mechanisms?
- Characteristics of “lock-in” stages and related events.
The sub-theme intends to foster an exchange of theoretical ideas and empirical research results across various substantive issues and theoretical traditions that are important for better understanding self-reinforcing dynamics. Papers that discuss such substantive issues, and possibly others, empirically or conceptually, comparatively or monographically, with regard to recent or more historical developments, are cordially invited.