What is Translational Mobilisation Theory?
Translational Mobilisation Theory is a sociological theory, which provides a framework for understanding and investigating the emergent organisation of collaborative work practices in institutional contexts.
What does Translational Mobilisation Theory (TMT) contribute?
Contemporary society is characterised by a growing volume of complex collective activities that require people to work together to achieve a goal but which cannot be organised through bureaucratic models and linear management processes alone (Hernes, 2014).
These ‘emergent organisational forms’ (Allen, 2018c) require on-going negotiations and mutual adjustment in response to contingencies and are increasingly common across a range of institutional contexts.
An institutional context is any recognised social space where there are maxims and norms that offer a pattern of, and a pattern for behaviour.
Understanding collective action of this kind is both a sociological and practical concern.
Translational Mobilisation Theory can be used to describe and explain the emergent organisation of collective action in institutional contexts; it supports comparative analysis and facilitates cross-sector learning for research and quality improvement purposes
Allen, D. (2018c)
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Hernes, T (2014)
A Process Theory of Organization. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.