Organization and Society

Research group

Organization and Society

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About us

About us

“Organization and society” is an interdisciplinary research group to support, coordinate and draw synergies from a broad range of research in and on organizations.

Members of the group have varying disciplinary backgrounds ranging from sociology, political science, sports sciences, over social anthropology and management research, to communication and media studies. The group is closely connected to the teaching activities in all the department’s study programs, but especially demonstrated by the Master's program in Organization, Digitalization, Administration and Work and the executive education program in Organization and Leadership. The group members are involved, individually and in collaboration, in several research activities related to organizations and society.

Projects and publications

Group Activites

The Research Group “Organization & Society” regularly conducts meetings to discuss ongoing research, project ideas, and manuscript drafts. Furthermore, the group also organizes workshops, conferences, and invites guest speakers. Below you can find come noteworthy activities in the past years.

If you are interested in the activities of the research group or would like to participate, please contact Michael Grothe-Hammer.



  • Showcase of ongoing research of the Research Group and its friends with guest Paul du Gay (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, & Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
  • Organization of 6 tracks at the NEON-dagene 2023 by members of the Research Group.


  • Presentation by Annelies Knoppers (Utrecht University): "Who fits? Querying and queering research on diversity in (sport) organisations" (in cooperation with the Gender & Inequality Group)




  • Presentation by Christian Morgner (Sheffield University): "System versus Personal Trust in the UK Fire Service from the Perspective of Ethnic Communities"


  • Presentation by Héloïse Berkowitz (CNRS, LEST, Aix-Marseille University, France): "From organizations as systems of ocean destruction to organizations as systems of ocean thriving"


  • Professional Development Session “How to Publish Sociology in Organization & Management Journals”



  • Presentation by Nadine Arnold (University of Lucerne) and Allison Loconto (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)): “Addressing urgent societal challenges: Why organization matters and how to study it” (in cooperation with the Research Group “Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development” [now: “Environment, Sustainability and Governance”]
  • Joint discussion forum of the Research Groups “Organization and Society” and “Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development” [now: “Environment, Sustainability and Governance”] on “The role of meta-organizations in international governance” With guests Nadine Arnold (University of Lucerne) and Allison Loconto (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)): how to study it” (in cooperation with the Research Group “Energy, 


  • Paper Development Workshop of the Research Group in Brekstad with 13 participants.
  • Presentation by Raimund Hasse (University of Lucerne): “Contemporary challenges (theoretical, disciplinary, methodological) connected to conducting research on organizations”

Research Activities

  • FIRE21 - Nordic Fire and Rescue Services, Problem solving in the 21st Century (funded by Nordforsk; participants: Petter Almklov, Michael Grothe-Hammer)
  • Gender equity within the governance of the sport for development and peace sector (Participant: Lucy Piggott)
  • Gender equity in Norwegian esports (Participant: Lucy Piggott)
  • Is gender on the international agenda? Gender representation and policy in international sport governance (commissioned by UK Sport; participant: Lucy Piggott)
  • MASQ – Measuring Quality: Exceeding the limitations of quality management in municipal health and care services. (funded by Norges Forskningsråd (2020-2024); project coordinator: Gunhild Tøndel)
  • Meta-organizing grand challenges: the case of ocean governance (project leader: Michael Grothe-Hammer)
  • CORNER – Coordination, response and networked resilience. (On the management of the Corona Crisis, Funded by Norges Forskningsråd, participants: Petter Almklov, Andre Karlsen, Michael Grothe-Hammer). 
  • RISKY - Consequences of fundamental changes in risk regulation (funded by Norges Forskningsråd; participants: Petter Almklov, Michael Grothe-Hammer)

Relevant Publications

Here are some relevant publications. Please see the researchers' NTNU-profiles for more. 


Members of research group