You will soon discover that Copenhagen is a city of bridges and that these play a key role in the organization of its economic
and civic life; it is for that reason that perhaps our most famous bridge has found its way into our logo. In the past, our
ancestors, the Vikings, sailed the oceans and created a solid self-perception among Danes of belonging to a great maritime
We have now taken to building bridges instead of sailing out to conquer the world. It is good for business, good for branding
our talents for engineering and design, and not least good for public life, opening up new views of the city and enhancing
But as we know, bridges dont just appear out of nowhere, they are complex organizational projects driven by aspirations,
interventions and struggles.
As landmarks, bridges typically illustrate aspirations to greatness. Bridges are simultaneously interventions in the environment
and in society. They can make a ferry line and hundreds of jobs obsolete, demand expropriation of houses, disturb natural
habitats, or bring together disjointed neighborhoods. And bridges and struggles go together. If you visit the harbor of Copenhagen,
you will see a bridge where the ends do not yet meet. It has been standing like that for a long time, due to technical, political
and organizational problems. And if you try to cross the Øresund Bridge to Sweden right now, you will find a once quick and
easy trip mired in the administrative politics of the refugee crisis; a crisis where Good Organization appears, at present,
The 33rd EGOS Colloquium in Copenhagen offers a bridge to discussions concerning the aspirations, interventions and struggles
for The Good Organization.
We consider The Good Organization both a tempting prospect and a project inherently ridden with tensions. Would it ever make sense to talk about The
Good Organization? What is to count as Good? What makes Organization?
We welcome you to these and many other explorations in Copenhagen in July 2017!