Overview of Lindenberg's work and main areas of interest
Siegwart M. Lindenberg (PhD Harvard 1971) is professor of Cognitive Sociology at the University of Groningen (rug), and at the Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER), the Netherlands. He is one of the founders of the Interuniversity Center for Social science theory and methodology (ics), member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and fellow of the European Academy of Sociology (EAS).
His main interests lie in the areas of:
- Microfoundations for theories on collective phenomena: especially , theory of model building, theory of social rationality, goal-framing theory, theory of human goals and wellbeing (SPF theory), theory of norms.
- Self-regulation and Pro- and antisocial behavior
- Groups and relationships (including various forms of solidarity and contracting), especially theory of interdependencies (functional, cognitive, and structural) and theory of sharing and joint production and theory of solidarity.
In much of Lindenberg's research, these micro-theories and the theory of groups are further developed and applied, mainly to the following three groups of topics:
- Community: theory of the social production of wellbeing (community as multifunctionality in social relations), theory of solidarity (moral force of community), and theory of sense of belonging (community and identity).
- Governance: in organizations (theory of trust and reduction of mistrust, theory of relational signaling) of organizations (corporate governance: theory of sustainable corporate social performance), and by the state (including theory of revolutions).
- Institutions, especially theory of formal institutions
For an overview of the publications in each of these groups of topics you can use the Filter in the list of publications.
More information about Linderberg's work can be found in Douglas Heckathore's article on Lindenberg in the Encyclopedia of Social Theory.
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