Berkowitz, Héloïse and Bor, Sanne (2018) Why Meta-Organizations Matter: A Response to Lawton et al. and Spillman. Journal of Management Inquiry, vol. 27 (n° 2). pp. 204-211.

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In a recent issue in this journal, Lawton et al. and Spillman argue for the importance of studying trade associations, also referred to with the broader term meta-organization. They discuss why meta-organizations matter and why more research is needed on the topic. We fully concur with the authors that meta-organizations constitute an inflating, diverse, and undeniable phenomenon of collective action among organizations and that collective scholarly efforts are necessary to improve our understanding of meta-organizations in their multiplicity. In this article, we shed some light on a body of work already investigating the matter. They constitute what we call the “European School” of meta-organization. We show the relevance of this recent European work for the US–UK-oriented trade association research and aim to bridge the gap between these research traditions by proposing a common research agenda on key topics of resources, forms’ differentiation, coopetition, and their role in sustainability governance

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2018
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Newbury Park, États-Unis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Meta-organization, Collective action, Review, inter-organizational relations, Resources, Coopetition, Governance
Subjects: C- GESTION
Divisions: TSM Research (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 16:30
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 16:36
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