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IOR collaboration, municipalities and labour integration - #11;The case of One Stop Future Shop

Conference contribution
Authors María José Zapata Campos
Patrik Zapata
Published in International Conference on Immigration and Labour Market Integration November 13–15, 2017, Gothenburg
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Public Administration
Department of Business Administration
Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Centre for Business in Society
Language en
Subject categories Sociology, Business Administration, Public Administration Studies


This paper explores the changing role of the public sector in the organising of the integration of refugees and immigrants on the labour market, and particularly the re-territorialisation of the state and the development of new roles in local and regional governments to facilitate labour integration with innovative methods. It is empirically based on a project funded by the European Union and led by a Swedish municipality with the purpose to stimulate entrepreneurship among young, women and people with a migrant background in order to promote labour integration in marginalised urban areas. The project is the result of a collaborative effort between city district, NGOs, business organizations and Universities. Research methods include in-depth interviews, observations and document analysis. Theoretically, the paper is inspired by institutional theory to explore the institutional effects of interorganizational collaboration that may form the basis for broader, longer-term, field-level changes. The paper explores to what extent these collaborations may reproduce existing conditions in an institutional field or have the potential to transform the field (this is, the changing role of municipalities in labour market integration) as a source of innovation. It discusses to what extent these novel practices, technologies and structures become institutionalized and internalized within the ordinary structure of municipalities or otherwise turn into parallel and temporary structures to the municipality.

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