Meta-organizations
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Meta-organizations

Göran Ahrne and Nils Brunsson

A growing number of organizations are meta-organizations; rather than individuals they have other organizations as their members. This comprehensive book explains, in-depth, the unique way in which meta-organizations function, how they differ from organizations with individual membership, and how they are crucial agents in the process of globalization.
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Chapter 4: Creating and sustaining meta-organizations

Göran Ahrne and Nils Brunsson

Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss the issues behind the creation and maintenance of meta-organizations, referring to the discussion in Chapter 3 about their environments and their members. We first explain the inception of meta-organizations using the concept of the environment. Here, we see meta-organizations as an attempt on the part of organizations to eliminate part of their environment.

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