Class XIV: Organizations, Institutions and War

Provided by Ali Aslan Gümüsay, University of Hamburg/Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Guiding question: How are institutions created, maintained and disrupted in times of conflict?



Core readings

Hampel, C. E., Lawrence, T. B., & Tracey, P. (2017). Institutional work: Taking stock and making it matter. In: Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Lawrence, T.B., & Meyer, R. (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism (2nd ed.). Sage, 558–590. PDF

Contemporary news article

Cieslak, M., & Gerken, T. (2022). Ukraine: How crowdsourcing is rescuing people from the war zone. BBC News, March 19.

Post-lecture assignment

Identify an organization in any current conflict or war situation and describe how this organization does ‘institutional work’ (300-400 words).

Background readings

Gkeredakis, M., Lifshitz-Assaf, H., & Barrett, M. (2021). Crisis as opportunity, disruption and exposure: Exploring emergent responses to crisis through digital technology. Information and Organization, 31(1). PDF

Gümüsay, A. A., Marti, E., Trittin-Ulbrich, H., & Wickert, C. (2022). How organizing matters for societal grand challenges. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 1–14. PDF

Gümüsay, A. A., Raynard, M., Albu, A., Etter, M., & Roulet, T. (forthcoming). Digital technology and voice: How platforms shape institutional processes through visibilization. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. PDF

Scheidgen, K., Gümüsay, A. A., Günzel-Jensen, F., Krlev, G.,& Wolf, M. (2021). Crises and entrepreneurial opportunities: Digital social innovation in response to physical distancing. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 15, e00222. PDF