— Michael Guggenheim

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Beobachtungen zwischen Funktionssystemen. Umweltdienstleistungsfirmen als intersystemische Organisationen

In: Soziale Welt, 2007, Vol. 55, Issue 2, 43-57.

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Die Erfindung der Umweltdienstleistungen: Zur Genese der Konkurrenz agrarwissenschaftlicher Expertise
in: Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie, 2007, Vol. Coinstar Money online 55, S. 43-57.

based on my PhD-book.

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In: Priska Gisler, et al. dhetemplate.com (Hg.): Imaginierte Laien. Die Macht der
Vorstellung in wissenschaftlichen Expertisen. Weilerswist: Western union online Velbrück,
2003.

Contribution to this book, based on phD research.

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Practices of dietbasics.com Inter-/Transdisciplinary Cooperation in Science.

Special Issue of Science and Public Policy, July .
(together with Sabine Maasen and Martin Lengwiler) (Introduction)

 

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die wahr/falsch inc. Eine Wissenschaftsausstellung in der Stadt.

Wien, Facultas, 2006.

(Co-editor together with Bernd Kräftner, Judith Kröll, Alexander Martos and Florian Oberhuber) (more)

“the true/false inc.” is an exhibition project in the city of Vienna that asks how science works and how it influences our life. It poses questions and provides no answers, because science and art never answer, but always raise new interrogations.

The exhibition is not always an exhibition; sometimes it is a sound installation or a conversation circle—but it always tries to put science in discussion.

 

“the true/false inc.” brings these questions whither they belong: to you, to your neighbourhood, to the places where they must be discussed.
It comes in eleven separate modules, each dedicated to a single topic, from doping to the migration of scientists, through to biodiversity.

You can view each module separately, visit the whole series, or build up your own path through the modules. You will find nearly all modules along the underground line U1, so you can travel easily from a module to another.

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Umweltdienstleistungsfirmen zwischen Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik.

Bielefeld: transcript-Verlag.
(Introduction)

Book Version of PhD thesis. English excerpts can be found in this article

 

Intro: Der beispiellose Aufschwung des Umwelt- und Nachhaltigkeitskonzepts hat das Entstehen eines neuen Typus von Dienstleistungsfirmen begünstigt. Angesichts dieser Dynamik rücken die folgenden Fragen verstärkt in den Blick: Unter welchen Bedingungen entsteht in der
Wissensgesellschaft politisiertes und kommerzialisiertes Beratungs- und Expertisewissen? Wie wird außerhalb der universitären Strukturen in Projekten geforscht und beraten?
Die Studie integriert auf originelle Weise dichte ethnographische Beobachtungen hochmoderner Arbeitswelten mit der Theorie intersystemischer Organisationen. Sie liefert somit einen Schlüssel zum Verständnis der gegenwärtigen Transformation der Umweltbewegung in wissensintensive Dienstleistungen.

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In: Science and Public Policy, July 2006, pp.411-421 (pdf)

Abstract:

In this paper I argue that so-called transdisciplinary research, that is problem-oriented, non-technological research outside the disciplinary structure, leads to a strengthening of organisational aspects of knowledge production and, particularly, of a change in quality standards. Quality standards are increasingly defined in intra-organisational or project-dependent and procedural instead of disciplinary terms. The paper is based on fieldwork in several environmental consulting companies that perform a broad, non-disciplinary spectrum of research and consulting. Although they perform government- funded research, neither their organisational structure nor their praxis is oriented towards disciplines. Instead their research focuses on social problems and methods that are translated into research without an intermediary disciplinary filtering. Quality has to be accomplished via non-disciplinary standards. These non-disciplinary standards are all procedural: namely quality management, timesheets and accompanying supervisory groups.

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