Dis/organizing Co-production: Liminal spaces haunted by the spirit of formal organizing

Rasmus Bergmann, Ghita Dragsdahl Lauritzen

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Increasingly, Western public organizations engage in political calls for co-production, where volunteers contribute to the development and implementation of welfare services (Pestoff, 2019; Sandvin, Bjørgo, Hutchinson, & Johansen, 2011). Scholars, managers, and politicians alike argue that collaboration with volunteer-based organizations and voluntary individuals has the potential to improve the quality and effectiveness of their innovations in welfare services (Bergmann, 2018; Boyle & Harris, 2009). However, when volunteers are invited inside welfare organizations, such as schools, kindergartens, and nursing homes, they bring with them unpredictability into the organizations they enter in that their actions are hard to control (la Cour, 2014).
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event11th International Critical Management Studies Conference: Precarious Presents, Open Futures - The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201929 Jun 2019
Conference number: 11


Conference11th International Critical Management Studies Conference
LocationThe Open University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityMilton Keynes
Internet address


  • management, organizational development and innovation


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