Organizations and Globalization

  • Paul BattersbyEmail author
Living reference work entry



Globalization – the transcendence of nation state boundaries and governmental authority by an increasingly complex and extensive array of economic, social, cultural, and technology-mediated patterns of human interaction. These patterns encompass material and symbolic modes of exchange.


The globe is connected through a multilevel maze of organizations and organizational agendas, shaped by multiple actors, large and small, public and private. The demand for international cooperation is substantial, and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) form only one category among many in a global system characterized by increasing plurality (UIA 2015). Estimates of the number of IGOs range from several hundred to several thousand, but, by whichever criteria we use to enumerate these entities, unarguably, the scope of...


European Union International Monetary Fund United Nations Development Programme Asian Development Bank Intergovernmental Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia