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Center for Organization, Management and Administration - COMA

A collaboration between Department of Political Science & Department of Sociology and Social Work. Aalborg University


  • To generate knowledge about the conditions and opportunities for organizational change and managerial innovation in the public sector from a national and international context.

Theoretical foundations:

  • Recent organizational, administrative and management theory, especially neo-institutional theory, culture theory, theories of professionalization, inter-organizational network theory, theories of organizational change, decision-making theory.


  • Basic and applied research on theoreticallybased and detailed studies of reforms and changes
  • within and across the public sector.

Focus and normative contributions:

  • Identification of public actors’ interpretations, disruptions between sectors, levels and professions’ rationalities and domains as well as changes in practices in connection with new ideas and models.
  • Development of new organizational, management and administrative methods and models adapted to the public sector’s special characteristics: e.g. politicization, complexity and public sphere.

Center for Organization, Management and Administration - COMA