X.10 Interstitial Organizations as Conversational Bridges

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Walter Powell

Achim Oberg

Valeska Korff

Business computer scientist Achim Oberg and sociologists Valeska P. Korff and Walter W. Powell study civil society organizations and how the entrance of scientific evaluation practices and managerial tools changes the assessment of performance. This map shows the presence of civic ideals, managerial concepts, and scientific assessments among 369 organizations actively involved in efforts at measuring social impact. For each organization, information on their scientific and managerial discourses with civic ideals was retrieved from websites using a web crawler. A total of 105 keywords were identified as relevant for an organization’s position vis-à-vis the three lines of discourse: civil society, science, and management. The large triangle in the middle features all organizations color coded by their dominant discourse. Key institutions are labelled. Interstitial organizations whose blending of discourses suggests they have become fluent in all three discourses are colored in yellow. Weblinks between the four linguistic communities document connections between organizations. The triangles on the left show both: integration within and connections between discursive communities. Linkages of the pure discourse organizations and the interstitial organizations are shown in the lower left. More information can be found at http://www.know-your-field.net/metrics.


Powell, Walter W., Achim Oberg, and Valeska P. Korff. 2014. Interstitial Organizations as Conversational Bridges. Courtesy of Achim Oberg from a research project supported by the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. In "10th Iteration (2014): The Future of Science Mapping," Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Samuel Mills. http://scimaps.org

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.