Quotation Meyer, Renate, Kornberger, Martin, Höllerer, Markus. 2021. How cities think: Thought style, thought collective, and the impact of strategy. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 68 185-200.




In this chapter, the authors introduce Ludwik Fleck and his ideas of “thought style” and “thought collective” to suggest a re-thinking of the divide between “micro” and “macro” that has perhaps more inhibited than inspired organization studies in general, and institutional theory in particular. With Fleck, the authors argue that there is no such thing as thought style-neutral cognition or undirected perception: meaning, constituted through a specific thought style shared by a thought collective, permeates cognition, judgment, perception, and thought. The authors illustrate our argument with the longitudinal case study of Sydney 2030 (i.e., the strategy-making process of the City of Sydney, Australia). Our case suggests that – regardless of its actual implementation – a strategy is successful to the extent to which it shapes the socio-cognitive infrastructure of a collective and enables those engaged in city-making to think and act collectively.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Research in the Sociology of Organizations
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title How cities think: Thought style, thought collective, and the impact of strategy
Volume 68
Year 2021
Page from 185
Page to 200
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/S0733-558X20200000068004/full/pdf?title=how-cities-think-thought-style-thought-collective-and-the-impact-of-strategy
DOI http://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20200000068004
Open Access N


Meyer, Renate (Details)
Kornberger, Martin (Details)
Höllerer, Markus (Details)
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
5359 Controlling (Details)
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