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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Fictional Expectations in Organizations

Jens Beckert


 
The role of fictional expectations in an organizational context is explored in this project, which takes as its point of departure the assumption that, under conditions of uncertainty, creating and diffusing expectations of future developments is an important aspect of how organizations act. The project investigates in particular the cognitive instruments that organizations use to make projections of future developments, including strategic planning, roadmaps, business plans, and scenario analyses. The aim is to develop an innovative perspective on organizational activity that brings the creation, the contestedness, and the consequences of an imagined future to the foreground of our understanding of organizations. Project duration: September 2018 to June 2021.
 

 
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