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  • Trust, distrust and secrecy in secret organizations

    [21 Oct 2016] The literature on organizational trust suggests that trust is necessary for functioning of most, if not all, organizations. In their paper Sabina Siebert and Barbara Czarniawska discuss the issue of distrust in organizations, and analyze the most extreme example of a ¿distrustful¿ organization - the secret service organization. Distrust is crucial in the running of the secret service, but how do secret service organizations produce and maintain distrust? The authors analyse the devices, rules and procedures which are put in place in secret service organizations for that purpose. Having analyzed those, they ask another question ¿ are these devices, rules and procedures different from those used by "ordinary" organizations?

  • Sten Jönsson receives the Anthony G. Hopwood Award

    [17 May 2016] Professor Sten Jönsson, researcher at Gothenburg Research Institute, receives The Anthony G. Hopwood Award for academic leadership ¿ one of the most prestigious awards in accounting. He is the first European to receive the award.

  • What constitutes a compact and sustainable city?

    [16 Mar 2016] Politicians and researchers often see compact cities as a solution to many environmental problems. But what exactly needs to be more compact? There is no clear answer to this question. Also, most of this discussion focuses on western cities in rich countries in the global north. This despite the fact that the most rapid urbanization takes place in informal settlements around cities in the global south. In the new project at GRI, researchers however, takes their starting point in the global south and asks: What does compact and sustainable mean in the context of informal settlements in developing countries?

  • "Humans and machines are competing"

    [7 Jan 2016] The growing market for storage rental, coffee tables loaded with chips and candy on Fridays, and the never-ceasing stream of news. What do these three phenomena have in common? They are all signs of overflow. A researcher since 1970, since 1996 at the Gothenburg Research Institute, Professor Czarniawska has studied management and organization in a variety of contexts. The present research program concerns the ways overflows are managed. In this interview she talks about overloaded bookshelves, the accelerated pace of news production and other kinds of overflows. And about robots.

  • Barbara Czarniawska and Andreas Diedrich participated in conferences in Sidney

    [22 Dec 2015] Barbara Czarniawska and Andreas Diedrich participated in two conferences in December, both in Sydney.

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