Efficient organizing with the environment

Emil Jakobsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


The purpose of this master thesis is to provide an understanding of how organizations affect and are affected by their environment and how it is possible to organize these effects efficiently. I will present a theoretical framework based on Callon (1998), Weick (1995, 2001), Goffman (Lemert & Branaman 1997) and Hart & Moore (2007) to examine this interrelation. By applying this theoretical framework to a Talent Management HR department in Siemens Denmark, I will show how this framework is capable of providing insights into how organizations engage and relate with their environment, valuable for both practitioners and academics. I will show through examination of the Talent Management department that the organization and structure of the department affects its ability to engage in cooperation with its environment and affects how it relates to its environment. Furthermore I will show that the department’s visibility in the environment as well as its intentionality in interacting with the environment, affects the department’s ability to engage with its environment. Lastly I show that in order to efficiently leverage from this cooperation, the Talent Management department is required to consider how it allocates responsibilities in the cooperation.

EducationsMSc in Strategy, Organization and Leadership, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2013
Number of pages100