Score International Conference on Organizing Markets

October 16-17, 2014 Venue: Stockholm School of Economics, Sveavägen 65, Stockholm, Sweden

Dear Colleague,

There is an increasing interest in analyzing markets as organized phenomena. In order to discuss and to  develop this approach we invite to the Score International Conference on Organizing Markets that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 16-17, 2014.

Keynote speaker: Neil Fligstein, University of California, Berkeley

We invite papers to be presented and discussed in sessions on aspects of market organization such as the role of organization in creating markets, how markets are re-organized, the organizing attempts of various market organizers and the effects of market organization. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

- From free markets to pure markets
- Value conflicts in market organization
- Market legitimacy: Transparency, measurability, accountability
- Crises, markets and organization
- Standardization as market organization
- “Side markets” – new markets as a response to market failure

Abstracts are due March 31, 2014. Full papers are due September 15.

Kind regards,

Nils Brunsson    Christina Garsten    Patrik Aspers


Workshop: Ethnographies of Finance, Gender and Power
Melissa Fisher

May 31, 2013, 10.00am-16.00 at Score, Kräftriket, Stockholm University

This workshop examines the gendering of finance, from above, below, and across borders. Specifically we explore ethnographies of gendered subjects, practices and the effects of global finance in the contemporary era of neoliberalism: How can we study gender in finance? What kinds of gendered subjects, performances and spaces are produced in sites of global finance: investment banks, trading floors, corporate board rooms? What kinds of gendered experiences and ideologies shape financier’s actions? What is the role of gender in neoliberal development institutions, such as the World Bank, in which the poor, mainly women, are increasingly viewed as the subjects of financial opportunities? And, what are the effects of micro-finance on poor women’s lives? Does the globalization of finance, including the spread of microfinance, create opportunities for women, or might they exacerbate inequalities of gender, race, class, sexuality and nation? Finally, under what circumstances does feminism itself get incorporated and mainstreamed into financial institutions? And what kind of feminism is this anyway?

The first part of the workshop will focus on interdisciplinary work that extends the study of gender, class, and race to global finance, analytic domains that have until recently remained under theorized and underexplored ethnographically. In particular we will consider ways of bridging scholarship in gender, critical race, postcolonial, feminist studies, and transnationalism with work being done in the field of finance. The second part will examine how ethnography can be drawn on to observe and understanding real changes in lived practices in key sites of finance. Topics to be addressed include: hyper-masculine financial culture, the feminization of debt.

The workshop is arranged in collaboration between the Department of Social Anthropology and Score.

Deadline for signing up and for submission of abstract (max. 300 words): 1 May to and

Bio: Melissa Fisher, a cultural anthropologist and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, is the author of Wall Street Women (Duke University Press, 2012). She is a co-editor of Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy, also published by Duke University Press (2006). Fisher has published in numerous academic venues. Her work has also been featured in media outlets including Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The BBC. Her present project examines global gendered governance and mainstreaming. Drawing on fieldwork on the Calvert Women’s Principles and the United Nation’s Women’s Empowerment Principles, Fisher’s focus is on emerging geographies of elite gender experts and expertise in the contemporary era of neoliberalism.


One day workshop: Rethinking formality and informality in organizational theory and practice

The concepts of formality and its counter-concept, informality, which together once gave birth to the sociology of organizations, are neither much pivotal in current theoretical thinking on organizations, nor do they empirically still appear as relevant as they have been in organizational communication once. It might prove that the consequences of some more current organizational developments get out of sight when dropping classic tools and turning to more popular theories, arguments and concepts of organization.

By revisiting the classics in organizational theory these questions will be developed by Prof. Dr. Veronika Tacke (Bielefeld University) and discussed at a one-day workshop jointly organized by the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg and Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research, Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics. (a similar one-day workshop is organized in Gothenburg later in April)

For registered participants only. To announce your interest to participate and to get the Readings for the workshop contact


Call for Papers
Workshop Score/CSO/CARR: The Organization of Knowledge

The workshop will take place at Stockholm School of Economics and Score, 29-30 May, 2012. Those interested in participating are asked to register by April 5th to: When you register you are also asked to submit an abstract (maximum one page) and indicate if you plan to give a full or a short paper, or if you go for a presentation or a acting as a dedicated participant. Among the participants some are likely to be asked to be commentators. Last day for full paper, short papers according EGOS-standard or an abstract for a presentation is May 18th.

We expect a rather limited number of participants (30-40 persons) in order to make the workshop a true workshop. Therefore, mainly people from the organizing research centres are invited. But others from our networks that we believe should be part of the workshop are kindly asked to contact the organizing committee if they are interested in participating.

Score will provide for (international) travels, food and accommodation (two nights). Please indicate already when sending abstracts if you need a hotel reservation.

For further information:  Call for Papers (23 Kb)

Workshop: The organization and re-organization of markets
Score, January 12-13, 2012

In contemporary economies, markets are not only created for new products and
services. Markets also constitute popular solutions to organizational problems. Firms
are outsourcing and states are privatizing activities that formerly were part of their
own organization. But markets tend to be as problematic as formal organizations.
Establishing a market is a complex task and markets often have adverse effects.
Experiences with new or old markets often lead to demands for change; not only
financial but also other markets are frequently considered in need for reform.

Most economic theories about markets emphasise the “spontaneous” mutual
adaptation among buyers and sellers as the main process by which markets arise and
are structured. Other, more sociological theories explain market order by the
emergence of institutions: norms and patterns of action that become taken for
granted in specific markets. But markets and market order are also the result of
organization, of individuals and organizations making decisions about the behaviour
and identity of others. There are many active organizers of markets. Sellers and
buyers sometimes try to influence not only each other but also of the functioning of
the market as a whole. Other organizers include state agencies, trade associations,
unions, standardisation bodies, and interest organizations of various kinds. They try
to form or reform the behaviour of (other) sellers or buyers, the design or
classification of goods and services, or transaction procedures. Organizers create new
organizations, suggest new rules, or install new systems for supervision of market
actors or for sanctioning them.

Many markets have to be actively organized in order to come into existence and gain
any degree of significance. And many existing markets are objects for reforms, for
attempts at re-organization. In this workshop we will discuss the organization and
re-organization of markets. Examples of issues include: What organizational
instruments are used for establishing new markets, who are the organizers, what
strategies do they use, how do they interact and why do they succeed or fail? What
drives market reforms, where do the ideas of appropriate forms come from, and how
are they implemented? How do reformers interact with each other and what
determines their success or failure? What are the similarities and differences between
reforms in markets and reforms in formal organizations?

We invite empirical papers describing and analysing instances of market
organization and re-organization as well as theoretical papers suggesting conceptual
frameworks for understanding these phenomena.

The workshop will take place at Score (Stockholm Centre for Organizational
Research), Stockholm, Sweden, January 12 – 13, 2012.

Please send a short abstract of your paper by November 15 (preferably earlier) to
Olga Karlsson Full papers shall be submitted by January
1st, 2012.

The number of participants is limited to about 30 people. Decisions about the
selection of papers will be made by November 22.

Nils Brunsson
Mats Jutterström


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