'Stretching, shrinking, shape-shifting. A communication-centred perspective on organizational boundaries in an art organization.'
With this article, we develop a conception of organizations as inherently elastic. Our analysis of empirical material collected in an art organization run by self-employed workers and volunteers leads us to propose that organizations can stretch at times, and shrink at others, depending on how they are communicatively constituted- or, in other words, on how they are bound. We suggest that this constitution in communication happens differently in different situations, as the organization is materialized through a different set of discursive-material relations each time. Finally, such a processual and communicatio-centred perspective has implications for understandings of fluidity and openness in organizations, by showing that openness and fluidity are not defined by movement across organizational boundaries, but rather that organizations are themselves open and fluid.