Newsletter June 2020

Dear RC17 members and Newsletter subscribers,

We hope you are all doing well during these challenging times. For many, the past few months have been difficult and the months to come will most probably be as well. As you might know the ISA Forum is postponed to February 23-27, and we hope that we can have a fantastic conference by then. Right now, we are in the process of adapting and updating our program for the Forum and we will keep you posted on this.

However, despite these challenging times, we have some exciting news to share with this newsletter. First and foremost, the Monograph Special Issue “Disappearing Organization” has been finally published. RC17 board members Cristina Besio, Paul du Gay, and Kathia Serrano Velarde are the guest editors for this exciting new Issue of Current Sociology, which can be accessed here:

In addition, this newsletters also features announcements for a Special Issue on “Organization and Membership” – edited by RC17 board member Michael Grothe-Hammer and Anders la Cour – and for the new issue of the journal M@n@gement – which features a new design and RC17 board member Héloïse Berkowitz and Hélène Delacour as the new co-editors in chief.

If you have any suggestions, announcements, publications, or call for papers for the next newsletter, please contact our newsletter editor Michael Grothe-Hammer (

Journal Issue Announcements

Special Monograph Issue “Disappearing organization? Reshaping the sociology of organizations” @Current Sociology

Guest Editors:
Cristina Besio, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany
Paul du Gay, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, & Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Kathia Serrano Velarde, Heidelberg University, Germany

This monograph showcases some recent developments in the sociology of organizations, mapping out the most productive relationships between current social scientific work on organizations and core theoretical and empirical concerns in the discipline of sociology. The initiative for the Monograph Issue started at the ISA Forum 2016 in Vienna, and multiple sessions at the ISA World Congress of Sociology 2018 in Toronto were dedicated to developing the contributions to it.

This issue is now available at:


Disappearing organization? Reshaping the sociology of organizations
Cristina Besio, Paul du Gay, and Kathia Serrano Velarde
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 411-418.


The decline of organizational sociology? An empirical analysis of research trends in leading journals across half a century
Michael Grothe-Hammer and Sebastian Kohl
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 419-442.


Prodigal offspring: Organizational sociology and organization studies
Alan Scott
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 443-458.


Disappearing ‘formal organization’: How organization studies dissolved its ‘core object’, and what follows from this
Paul du Gay
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 459-479.


Temporary organizing and permanent contexts
Jörg Sydow and Arnold Windeler
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 480-498.


Slow motion revolution or assimilation? Theorizing ‘entryism’ in destabilizing regimes of inequality
Kelly Thomson
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 499-519.


A partial organization approach to the dynamics of social order in social movement organizing
Mikko Laamanen, Christine Moser, Sanne Bor, and Frank den Hond
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 520-545.


Dismembering organisation: The coordination of algorithmic work in healthcare
Simon Bailey, Dean Pierides, Adam Brisley, Clara Weisshaar, and Tom Blakeman
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 546-571.


Informal learning in formal organizations: The case of volunteer learning in the hospital
Kathia Serrano Velarde
Current Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 4: 572-591.

Special Issue “Organization and Membership” @Systems Research and Behavioral Science

Guest Editors:
Michael Grothe-Hammer, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg
Anders la Cour, Copenhagen Business School

Special Feature: Includes the translation of the first five chapters of Niklas Luhmann’s classic book “Funktionen und Folgen formaler Organisation” which are published in English for the first time:


Organization and membership: Introduction to the Special Issue
Michael Grothe‐Hammer, Anders la Cour
Pages: 419-424 | First Published: 26 April 2020


Organization, membership and the formalization of behavioural expectations
Niklas Luhmann
Pages: 425-449 | First Published: 04 June 2020

The emotional organization and the problem of authenticity: The romantic, the pedagogic, the therapeutic and the ludic as liminal media of transition
Paul Stenner, Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen
Pages: 450-466 | First Published: 28 April 2020

Looking beyond formal organization: How public managers organize voluntary work by adapting to deviance
Ghita Dragsdahl Lauritzen
Pages: 467-481 | First Published: 27 April 2020

Membership and contributorship in organizations: An update of modern systems theory
Michael Grothe‐Hammer
Pages: 482-495 | First Published: 28 April 2020

Groups, organizations, families and movements: The sociology of social systems between interaction and society
Stefan Kühl
Pages: 496-515 | First Published: 04 June 2020

The business family 3.0: Dynastic business families as families, organizations and networks—Outline of a theory extension
Heiko Kleve, Tobias Köllner, Arist von Schlippe, Tom A. Rüsen
Pages: 516-526 | First Published: 29 April 2020

New issue of M@n@gement is available online (Open Access)

From the co-editors in chief of M@n@gement:

Dear colleagues, dear readers,

Despite these times of crisis, not only sanitary but also social, environmental and economic, we are privileged enough to announce the publication of the first issue of M@n@gement with its new face.

This wonderful issue 23(1) illustrates the diversity of the AIMS community, its openness and its inclusion, whether it is methodological or theoretical. You can read about a methodological contribution to the study of organizational fields, an analysis of positive effects of sustainability performance disclosure, an attention based approach of business models, a contribution to the field of CCO with the case of performances in feminist activism, and finally an analysis of the materialization of a leader’s values into organisational values. To conclude, an Unplugged is dedicated to the Phd journey, as told by Phd students.

When we wrote the editorial marking our beginning as co-editors in chief, we wanted to think about the idea of sustainable academia. In our opinion, this message, written well before the international crisis that shakes us all, has become all the more relevant. The covid-19 virus crisis is challenging our practices and accelerating changes, notably concerning our traveling, digitalization of work, or the role of collectives, in our research activities.

Thank you to all those who contributed to this issue, one way or another: authors, reviewers, former editors in chief or senior editors, our partner Open Academia, CNRS InSHS and above all, the AIMS for its support.

Good reading,

In the name of the editorial team,

Héloïse Berkowitz and Hélène Delacour

Co-editors in chief of M@n@gement


M@n@gement 23(1)



Sustainable Academia: Open, Engaged, and Slow Science
Héloïse Berkowitz, Hélène Delacour


Opening Fields: A Methodological Contribution to the Identification of Heterogeneous Actors in Unbounded Relational Orders
Mohamed Benabdelkrim, Clément Levallois, Jean Savinien, Céline Robardet

“You Cannot Hide Forever Luke”: Understanding the Strategic Use of Sustainability Disclosure in the Short and Long Term
Samuel Touboul, Asli Kozan

Unpacking Business Model Innovation Through an Attention-Based View
Alexis Laszczuk, Julie C. Mayer

How Communicative Performances Can Constitute an Organization’s Self
Fabien Hildwein

From the Leader’s Values to Organizational Values: Toward a Dynamic and Experimental View on Value Work in SMEs
Ludivine Adla, Marie Eyquem-Renault, Virginie Gallego-Roquelaure


Living the PhD journey
Unplugged section featuring multiple authors

Call for Contributions to our Newsletter

For the future issues of our Newsletter, we need your contributions. We are particularly interested in contributions on:

  • Relevant calls for papers for conferences, workshops, and special journal issues
  • Conference and workshop reports
  • New book publications
  • Brief reviews of books or seminal journal articles (approx. 200-300 words)
  • Reports from activities on organizational sociology in national associations

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