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Competition: What It Is and Why It Happens

Stefan Arora-Jonsson, Nils Brunsson, Raimund Hasse, and Katarina Lagerström

Abstract

The spread of competition into all areas of society is one of the master trends of modern society. Yet, social scientists have played a surprisingly modest role in the analysis of its implications as the discussion of competition has largely been confined to the narrow context of economic markets. This book opens up competition for the study of social scientists. The central message of the book is that competition seems ubiquitous but it should not be taken for granted or be naturalized as an inevitable aspect of human existence. Its emergence, maintenance, and change are based on institutions ... More

Keywords: actorhood, competition, contest, institutions, organization, prizes, rankings, social construction, third party, fourth party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192898012
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192898012.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Arora-Jonsson, editor
Chair in Organization and Society, Uppsala University

Nils Brunsson, editor
Professor of Management, Uppsala University

Raimund Hasse, editor
Professor of Sociology and Head of the Institute for Sociology, University of Lucerne

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1 A new understanding of competition

Stefan Arora-Jonsson, Nils Brunsson, and Raimund Hasse

2 Competition as sense making

Daniel Sands, Gino Cattani, Joseph Porac, and Jason Greenberg

4 The origins of competition: institution and organization

Stefan Arora-Jonsson, Nils Brunsson, and Raimund Hasse

5 Convincing others that they are competing: the case of schools

Niklas Bomark, Peter Edlund, and Stefan Arora-Jonsson

11 Cooperating while competing in multinational corporations

Katarina Lagerström, Emilene Leite, Cecilia Pahlberg, and Roger Schweizer

14 Competition unbundled: taking stock and looking forward

Stefan Arora-Jonsson, Nils Brunsson, Raimund Hasse, and Katarina Lagerström

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