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Bibliography of research on field-configuring events

This site comprises a list of core publications on field-configuring events and related phenomena, many of which stem from members or partners and guests of this network. Please let us know of any additional references of relevance to the work of our network that should be included here!


Grabher, G./Thiel, J. (Eds.) 2015. Self-induced Shocks? Mega-Projects and Urban Development. Berlin: Jovis-Verlag.

Leivestad, H., & Nyqvist, A. (Eds.). 2017. Ethnographies of Conferences and Trade Fairs: Shaping Industries, Creating Professionals. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Moeran, B., & Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (Eds.). 2011. Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Articles in refereed journals

Anand, N., & Jones, B. C. 2008. Tournament rituals, category dynamics and field configuration: The case of the Booker Prize. Journal of Management Studies, 45, 1036-1060.

Anand, N., & Watson, M. R. 2004. Tournament rituals in the evolution of fields: The case of the Grammy Awards. Academy of Management Journal, 47, 59-80. 

Schuldt, N., & Bathelt, H. 2011. International trade fairs and global buzz, part II: Practices of global buzz. European Planning Studies,19, 1-22.

Bathelt, H., & Schuldt, N. 2010. International trade fairs and global buzz, part I: Ecology of global buzz. European Planning Studies, 18, 1957-1974.

Bathelt, H., & Schuldt, N. 2008. Between luminaires and meat grinders: International trade fairs as temporary clusters. Regional Studies, 42(6), 853-868.

Brès, L., Raufflet, E., & Boghossian, J. 2017. Pluralism in organizations: Learning from unconventional forms of organizations. International Journal of Management Reviews. In print.

Cartel, M., Boxenbaum, E. & Aggeri, F. 2018. Just for fun! How experimental spaces stimulate innovation in institutionalized fields. Organization Studies. In print.

Citroni, S. 2015. Civic events in a dynamic local field. The role of participation for social innovation. Industry and Innovation, 22(3), 193-208.

Dobusch, L., & Schüßler, E. 2014. Copyright reform and business model innovation: Regulatory propaganda at German music industry conferences. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 83, 24-39.

Dorado, S. 2005. Institutional entrepreneurship, partaking, and convening. Organization Studies, 26(3), 385-414.

Entwistle, J., & Rocamora, A. 2006. The field of fashion materialized: A study of London fashion week. Sociology-The Journal Of The British Sociological Association, 40(4), 735-751.

Ferns, G., & Amaeshi, K. 2017. Struggles at the summits: Discourse coalitions, field boundaries, and the shifting role of business in sustainable development. Business & Society, in print.

Gibson, R., & Bathelt, H. 2014. Field configuration or field reproduction? The dynamics of global trade fair cycles. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 58(4), 216-231.

Glynn, M. A. 2008. Configuring the field of play: how hosting the Olympic Games impacts civic community. Journal of Management Studies, 45(6), 1117-1146.

Gotham, K. 2011. Resisting urban spectacle: The 1984 Louisiana World Exposition and the contradictions of mega events. Urban Studies, 48(1), 197-214.

Grabher, G., Melchior, A., Schiemer, B., Schüßler, E., Sydow, J. 2018. From being there to being aware: Confronting geographical and sociological imaginations of copresence. Environment and Planning A, 50(1), 245-255.

Grabher, G., & Thiel, J. 2014. Coping with self-induced shocks. The heterarchic organization of the London Olympic Games 2012. Social Sciences, 3, 527-548.

Grabher, G., & Thiel, J. 2015. Projects, people, professions: Trajectories of learning through a mega-event (the London 2012 case). Geoforum, 65, 328-337.

Gross, T., Zilber, T. 2020. Power dynamics in field-level events: A narrative approach. Organization Studies. In print.

Hardy, C., & Maguire, S. 2010. Discourse, field-configuring events, and change in organizations and institutional fields: Narratives of DDT and the Stockholm Convention. Academy of Management Journal, 53, 1365-1392.

Jakob, D. 2013. The eventification of place: Urban development and experience consumption in Berlin and New York City. European Urban And Regional Studies, 20(4), 447-459.

Jansson, J. 2014. Temporary events and spaces in the Swedish primary art market. Zeitschrift Für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 58(4), 202-215.

Jolly, S., & Raven, R. P. J. M. 2016. Field configuring events shaping sustainability transitions? The case of solar PV in India. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 103, 324-333.

Karlsen, A. 2018. Framing industrialization of the offshore wind value chain - A discourse approach to an event. Geoforum, 88, 148-156. 

Kulkarni, M. 2018. Discursive work within weak field mandate events: The case of a conference on assistive technologies for persons with disabilities. IIMB Management Review, in press.

Lampel, J., & Meyer, A. D. 2008. Guest editors' introduction: Field-configuring events as structuring mechanisms: How conferences, ceremonies, and trade shows constitute new technologies, industries, and markets. Journal of Management Studies, 45, 1025-1035. 

Lange, B. 2011. Professionalization in space: Social-spatial strategies of culturepreneurs in Berlin. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 23(3/4), 259-279.

Lange, B. 2008. Accessing markets in creative industries - professionalization and socio-spatial strategies of culturepreneurs in Berlin. Creative Industries Journal, 1(2), 115-135.

Lange, E., & Schüßler, E. 2018. Unpacking the middleground of creative cities: Sociospatial dynamics in the configuration of the Berlin design field. Regional Studies. 

Lange, B., & Bürkner, H.-J. 2013. Value-creation in the creative economy – The case of electronic club music in Germany. Economic Geography 82(2), 149–169

Lange, B., Power, D., & Suwala, L. 2014. Geographies of field-configuring events. Zeitschrift Für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 58(4), 187-201.

Leca, B., Rüling, C., & Puthod, D. 2015. Animated times: Critical transitions and the maintenance of field-configuring events. Industry and Innovation, 22(3), 173-192.

Mair, J., & Hehenberger, L. 2014. Front stage and back stage convening: The transition from opposition to mutualistic co-existence in organizational philanthropy. Academy of Management Journal, 57, 1174-1200.

Martin, M., & Stewart, A. 2016. Does temporary geographical proximity predict learning? Knowledge dynamics in the Olympic Games. Regional Studies, 50(3), 377-390.

Maskell, P., Bathelt, H., & Malmberg, A. 2006. Building global knowledge pipelines: the role of temporary clusters. European Planning Studies, 14(8), 997-1013.

Mauksch, S. 2017. Managing the dance of enchantment: An ethnography of social entrepreneurship events. Organization, 24(2), 133-153.

Meyer, A. D., Gaba, V., & Colwell, K. A. 2005. Organizing far from equilibrium: Nonlinear change in organizational fields. Organization Science, 16, 456-473. 

Möllering, G., & Müller-Seitz, G. 2017. Direction, not destination: Institutional work practices in the face of field-level uncertainty. European Management Journal. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2017.10.004

Möllering, G. 2011. Umweltbeeinflussung durch Events? Institutionalisierungsarbeit und feldkonfigurierende Veranstaltungen in organisationalen Feldern. Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung, 63, 458-484. 

Morgner, Ch. 2017. Diversity and (in)equality in the global art world: Global development and structure of field-configuring events. New Global Studies. https://doi.org/10.1515/ngs-2016-0015

Müller, M., & Stewart, A. 2016. Does temporary geographical proximity predict learning? Knowledge dynamics in the Olympic Games. Regional Studies, 50(3), 377-390.

Müller-Seitz, G., & Güttel, W. 2014. Towards a choreography of congregating – A practice-based perspective on organizational absorptive capacity in a semiconductor industry consortium. Management Learning, 45, 477-497.

Müller-Seitz, G., & Macpherson, A. 2013. Learning during crisis as a 'war for meaning': The case of the German Escherichia coli outbreak in 2011. Management Learning, 45(5), 593-608.

Müller-Seitz, G., & Schüßler, E. 2013. From event management to managing events: A process perspective on organized and unexpected field-level events. Managementforschung, 23, 193-226. Link.

Nissilä, H. 2015. Conferences as sequential arenas for creating new sustainable fields. Industry and Innovation, 22(3), 209-228.

Oliver, A.L., Montgomery, K. 2008. Using field-configuring events for sense-making: A cognitive network approach. Journal of Management Studies, 45: 1147-1167. 

Panitz, R., & Glückler, J. 2016. Rewiring global networks at local events: Congresses in the stock photo trade. Global Networks. doi: 10.1111/glob.12134.

Power, D., & Jansson, J. 2008. Cyclical clusters in global circuits: Overlapping spaces in furniture trade fairs. Economic Geography, 84: 423-448.

Rao, H., & Dutta, S. 2012. Free spaces as organizational weapons of the weak: Religious festivals and regimental mutinies in the 1857 Bengal Native Army. Administrative Science Quarterly, 57(4), 625-668.

Rüling, C.-C. & Strandgaard Pedersen, J. 2010. Film festival research from an organizational studies perspective. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26: 318-323.

Schmidt, S., Brinks, V., & Brinkhoff, S. 2014. Innovation and creativity labs in Berlin Organizing temporary spatial configurations for innovations. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 58(4), 216-231.

Schulte-Römer, N. 2017. Extraordinary LED installations: Events for user–innovation interaction. Industry & Innovation,  DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2017.1345678

Schüßler. E., Dobusch, L. & Wessel, L. 2014. Backstage: Organizing field-configuring events as proto-institutional work in a transforming creative industry. Schmalenbach Business Review, 66, 415-437.

Schüßler, E., Grabher, G., & Müller-Seitz, G. 2015. Field-configuring events: Arenas for innovation and learning? Industry and Innovation, 22(3), 165-172.

Schüßler, E., Rüling, C.-C., & Wittneben, B. 2014. On melting summits: The limitations of field-configuring events as catalysts of change in transnational climate policy. Academy of Management Journal 57, 140-171. 

Thiel, J., & Grabher, G. 2015. Crossing boundaries: Exploring the London Olympics 2012 as a field-configuring event. Industry and Innovation, 22(3), 229-249.

Vaujanya, F., Carton, S., Dominguez-Péry, C., & Vaastc, E. 2013. Moving closer to the fabric of organizing visions: The case of a trade show. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems 22(1), 1-25

Wolf, P., Hansmann, R., & Troxler, P. 2011. Unconferencing as method to initiate organisational change. A case study on reducing CO2 emissions of a university. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 24(1), 112-142.

Zilber, T. B. 2011. Institutional multiplicity in practice: A tale of two high-tech conferences in Israel. Organization Science, 22(6), 1539-1559.

Book chapters

Grabher, G., & Thiel, J. 2015. Mobilizing action, incorporating doubt. London’s reflexive strategy of hosting the Olympic Games 2012. In: Grabher, G., & Thiel, J. (Eds.) Self-Induced Shocks? Mega-Projects and Urban Development. Berlin: Jovis-Verlag, 99-117.

Lampel, J. 2011. Converting values into other values: Fairs and festivals as resource valuation and trading events. In: Moeran, B., & Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (Eds.) Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 334-347.

Rüling, C.-C. 2011. Event institutionalization and maintenance: the Annecy animation festival 1960-2010. In: Moeran, B., & Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (Eds.) Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 197-223.

Schüßler, E. 2017. Temporary organizations. In: Farazmand, A. (editor in chief): Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. doi:10.1007/978-3-319- 31816-5_39-1.

Schüßler, E. 2013. Durban as a case in point? How international summits maintain the field of climate policy. In: Dobusch, L., Mader, P., & Quack, S. (Eds.): Governance across Borders: Transnational Fields and Transversal Themes. A Blogbook, epubli, 112-114.

Schüßler, E., & Sydow J. 2015. Organizing events for configuring and maintaining creative fields. In: Jones, C., Lorenzen, M., & Sapsed, J. (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 284-300. PDF Preprint.

Schüßler, E., & Dobusch, L. 2013. Musikevents als Bühnen für den Urheberrechtsdiskurs. In: Lange, B., Bürkner, H.-J., & Schüßler, E. (Eds.): Akustisches Kapital: Wertschöpfung in der Musikwirtschaft. Bielefeld: transcript, 247-276.

Schüßler, E., Rüling, C., & Wittneben, B. 2016. Klimakonferenzen. In: Besio, C., & Gateano, R. (Eds.): Zum gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit dem Klimawandel. Kooperationen und Kollisionen. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 187-218.

Thiel, J., Grabher, G., & Engelbrecht. C. (2015): Urban mega-projects as self-induced shocks: Introduction to the collection. In: Grabher, G., & Thiel, J. (Eds.) Self-Induced Shocks? Mega-Projects and Urban Development. Berlin: Jovis-Verlag, 9-15.

Other publications

Möllering, G. 2010. Collective market-making efforts at an engineering conference. MPIfG Discussion Paper 10/2. Köln: Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung.

Schiller-Merkens, S. 2013. Framing moral markets: The cultural legacy of social movements in an emerging market category. MPIfG Discussion Paper 13/8. Köln: Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung.

Schüßler, E. 2013. Book review on Rojek, C. 2013. “Event Power. How Global Events Manage and Manipulate”, and Moeran, B., & Strandgaard Pedersen, J. 2011. “Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events”. Organization Studies, 34, 1905-1911.