Nuevo número de Valuation Studies

[Nuevo número de Valuation Studies. Además de dos excelentes artículos, uno de Horacio Ortiz y uno de Alexandra Langford, incluye un simposio editado por José Ossandón, y con la participación de Christine Musselin, Kristian Kreiner, Wendy Espeland y Michael Sauder. La pregunta es si lo que hemos ido aprendiendo sobre rankings y valoraciones y sus prácticas, puede tambien informar como administramos universidad en la práctica. Acá el link al número y abajo la tabla de contenido]

Editorial note

Valuation Studies and the Drama of University Quality


Horacio Ortiz. Political Imaginaries of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital: A Conceptual Analysis

Alexandra Langford. A ‘Rule of Thumb’ and the Return on Investment: The role of valuation devices in the financialization of Northern Australian pastoral land

Symposium. (University) Management after Valuation Studies

José Ossandón. (University) Management after Valuation Studies: Carving a practice between the offended native, the anxious scholar, and the useless practitioner

Christine Musselin. Evaluation and Merit-Based Increase in Academia: A Case Study in the First Person

Kristian Kreiner. Valuation Ecologies and Academic Governance

José Ossandón, Wendy Espeland, Michael Sauder. Settings“Islands of Qualities in an Ocean of Quantification”: A Conversation with Wendy Espeland and Michael Sauder

Organization als Verband. A Seminar with Keith Tribe on Weber’s Economy and Society

[Sí hay interesad@s por ahí a acceder vía zoom envía un email a José Ossandón]

Organization als Verband. A Seminar with Keith Tribe on Weber’s Economy and Society

Guest: Keith Tribe is a leading authority on Weber, a noted historian of economic and social thought and an accomplished translator of (among others Max Weber, Reinhart Koselleck, and Wihelm Hennis). He recently translated Max Weber Economy and Society.

Program: Introduction by the organizers. Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth & José Ossandón, Department of Organization. Talk by Keith Tribe 30-40 minutes. Discussion

Description: The publication of a new English translation of Max Weber’s Economy and Society (Harvard University Press 2019) is the perfect opportunity to re-assess the impact of Weber on organization studies. Of course, as every organization theory textbook explains, Weber has a secured place in the cannon as the main figure behind the classical theory of bureaucracy. This seminar will focus on a different and less explored issue. As Keith Tribe explains in his translator’s introduction, a key but often unnoticed concept in Economy and Society is the notion of Verband which translates as organization.

Verband is more general than what we normally expect with the term organization. Bureaucracy and the modern capitalist firm are instances of this more general category. It is also, however, much more specific than, for instance, notions like “organizing” or even “institution”. Organization [Verband] refers to social relationships where “the observance of its order is guaranteed by the behavior of particular persons specifically charged with its implementation, such as a director and, quite possible, of an administrative staff” (Weber 2019: 129). Economy and Society provides a conceptual apparatus for a deeply comparative study of organization, that, does not need to get lost in more general sociological processes.

Some of the issues we expect to discuss in this seminar are: what is Verband and what is the status of this concept in Weber’s work? and, more speculatively, how would organization studies be if they were Studies of Verband?

Time and Date: November 18th 2021, 15.00 – 16.30

Location: Copenhagen Business School, Kilevej 14 A, 2000 Frederiksberg Room: KL 3.54
And on Zoom

Format: Hybrid. Keith Tribe will participate via Zoom, Thomas & José will be in the meeting room KL 3.54

Es la fiesta de 15 del Centro de Estudios Sociales de la Economía (CESE-IDAES)

M. Fourcade Hundirse o Nadar. La educación en tiempos de pandemia.

[Ariel Wilkis avisa de esta charla que tendrán con Marion Fourcade el 3 de Noviembre]

Cfp_EGOS Sub-theme 33: In the Eye of the Beholder: The Beauty and Necessity of Market Imperfections

[Quizás alguien por ahí se anime. Sub-Theme 33, EGOS, 2021. Fechas y todo eso, acá: ]

Sub-theme 33: In the Eye of the Beholder: The Beauty and Necessity of Market Imperfections

Convenors: Philip Roscoe, University of St Andrews, Susi Geiger, University College Dublin, José Ossandón, Copenhagen Business School

Call for Papers

The EGOS Colloquium 2022 call invites reflection on the beauty of imperfection and the possibilities it invokes. This sub-theme takes up that challenge as it works towards an account of imperfections in markets. Of course, we do not expect our track participants to simply repeat what economists have already said about market failures, imperfect competition, externalities and so on. Our call is to make market perfection and imperfection a problem to study organizationally.

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Financial oikonomization: the financial government and administration of the household

Después de mucho, mucho, tiempo en preparación, el artículo “Financial oikonomization: the financial government and administration of the household” de José Ossandón, Joe Deville, Jeanne Lazarus y Mariana Luzzi apareció en Socio-Economic Review. Acá el link al paper en la página de SER y este otro es un link al hilo de Twitter en que intentamos resumir de que se trata:

A Phinance Online Seminar: ‘Taking the floor’ by D. Beunza

A Phinance Online Seminar: ‘Taking the floor’ by D. Beunza. 17:00 CET, 13 October 2021. Open to the public.

Modeling and governing finance are not two separate things. This is one of the main lessons that sociology and the nascent philosophy of finance have taught us. The powerful interrelation between the models, the behavior, and the organization of financial markets is the focus of Daniel Beunza’s book ‘Taking the Floor: Models, Morals, and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room’ (Princeton University Press). Beunza explores how the extensive use of financial modeling and trading technologies over the last few decades has changed and influenced ‘Wall Street’. In his book, he examines how models have reshaped financial markets and changed moral behavior in organizations, creating both opportunities and dangers. To do this, he takes us to the pulsating center of the financial markets—the floor of a trading firm. This meeting of the Phinance Online Seminars will discuss Daniel’s book with contributions from Donald MacKenzie (Edinburgh), Katherine K. Chen (CUNY), José Ossandón (Copenhagen Business School), Michael Barzelay (LSE), and Daniel himself, which will be followed by an open debate.

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The moral life of econometric equations: Factoring class inequality into school quality valuations in Chile

[Gabriel Chouhy envía este post contando de su investigación recién publicada en European Journal of Sociology sobre el sorprendente rol de las controversias estadísticas en la reciente re-organización del mercado de la educación escolar en Chile]

Since neoliberalism took root, market mechanisms have encroached on the organization of policy fields for the provision of public goods such as transportation, healthcare, education, or social security. But oftentimes marketization fails to deliver satisfactory outcomes, inviting experts and regulators to assess markets’ failures and rewrite their organizing rules. An emerging scholarship within the social studies of markets tradition is now theorizing about “the organization of markets for collective concerns and their failure” (see e.g., the special issue of Economy and Society edited by Frankel, Ossandón, & Pallesen, 2019). Instead of focusing on political junctures in which market-minded policymakers invoke the general principles of privatization, choice, and competition to oppose central planning within malfunctioning public bureaucracies, these authors look at processes whereby already marketized policy fields become problematized, evaluated, and fixed to correct socially undesirable market failures. A remarkable conclusion drawn from multiple case studies is that little room remains for a politics that includes “the possibility of problematizing existing policies in ways other than as poorly functioning markets” (Frankel et al., 2019, p. 166). Market-minded policies and devices have not become immune to evaluation and critique, but, after neoliberalism, the type of knowledge generally mobilized to problematize market-enhancing policy instruments is now much more circumscribed to the actual functioning of these devices and much less inimical to the market organization of policy fields themselves. Neoliberal doxa (Amable, 2011; Mudge, 2008, 2011) now dictates technocratic common sense. 

The paper contributes to the vital question posed by Ossandón and Ureta (2019, p. 176) with respect to neoliberal resilience, namely, “How does a critical evaluation of market based policies, rather than triggering a movement, for instance, toward fundamentally different modes of organizing a given area, end up consolidating markets as policy instruments?” Like these authors, my empirical focus is on experts’ work of evaluating and repairing market devices that failed to deliver optimal policy outcomes. But I give especial attention to how external demands for decommodification shape this technical work. Bringing politics back into the social studies of markets, I argue that, contrary to the idea that neoliberal doxa is fully entrenched, the technical process of market evaluation and repair remains enmeshed in ideological conflict over the moral virtue of marketization. To do so, I lay out a reflexive approach to the politicized uses of social scientific expertise (especially, but not only, economic expertise) for regulatory decision-making within education, a policy domain the sociological literature has largely overlooked despite being increasingly subject to top-down rationalization by technocratic and market forces worldwide. 

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SASE Best Books

Dear SASE community, we are delighted to announce the 2021 Alice Amsden Best Book Award winner, Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas by historian Amy Offner.
The award committee members have also awarded an honorable mention to Neoliberal Resilience: Lessons in Democracy and Development from Latin America and Eastern Europe by Aldo Madariaga.  Congratulations to Professors Offner and Madariaga, and huge thanks to the Alice Amsden Best Book Award committee members Leslie McCall (chair), Matthew Amengual, Margarita Estevez-Abe, and Gernot Grabher for their efforts! Please find more about these two exceptional books and the committee’s decision here.

Lanzamiento “Neoliberal Resilience” de Aldo Madariaga