New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis
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Long a fruitful area of scrutiny for students of organizations, the study of institutions is undergoing a renaissance in contemporary social science. This volume offers, for the first time, both often-cited foundation works and the latest writings of scholars associated with the "institutional" approach to organization analysis. In their introduction, the editors discuss points of convergence and disagreement with institutionally oriented research in economics and political science, and locate the "institutional" approach in relation to major developments in contemporary sociological theory. Several chapters consolidate the theoretical advances of the past decade, identify and clarify the paradigm's key ambiguities, and push the theoretical agenda in novel ways by developing sophisticated arguments about the linkage between institutional patterns and forms of social structure. The empirical studies that follow—involving such diverse topics as mental health clinics, art museums, large corporations, civil-service systems, and national polities—illustrate the explanatory power of institutional theory in the analysis of organizational change. Required reading for anyone interested in the sociology of organizations, the volume should appeal to scholars concerned with culture, political institutions, and social change.
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Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/25/1991
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Acknowledgments 1. Introduction Paul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell Part One: The Initial Formulations 2. Institutional Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony John W. Meyer and Brian Rowan 3. The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organization Fields Paul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell 4. The Role of Institutionalism in Cultural Persistence Lynne G. Zucker 5. The Organization of Societal Sectors: Propositions and Early Evidence W. Richard Scott and John W. Meyer Part Two: Refining Institutional Theory 6. Institutions, Institutional Effects, and Institutionalism Ronald L. Jepperson 7. Unpacking Institutional Arguments W. Richard Scott 8. Expanding the Scope of Institutional Analysis Walter W. Powell 9. The Public Order and the Construction of Formal Organizations Ronald L. Jepperson and John W. Meyer 10. Bringing Society Back In: Symbols, Practices, and Institutional Contradictions Roger Friedland and Robert R. Alford Part Three: Empirical Investigations A. Constructing Organizational Fields 11. Constructing an Organizational Field as a Professional Project: U.S. Art Museums, 1920-1940 Paul J. DiMaggio 12. Making Corporate Actors Accountable: Institution-Building in Minneapolis-St. Paul Joseph Galaskiewicz B. Institutional Change 13. The Structural Transformation of American Industry: An Institutional Account of the Causes of Diversification in the Largest Firms, 1919-1979 Neil Fligstein 14. Institutional Origins and Transformations: The Case of American Community Colleges Steven Brint and Jerome Karabel C. Institutional and Competitive Forces 15. Organizational Isomorphism in East Asia Marco Orrugrave;, Nicole Woolsey Biggart, and Gary G. Hamilton 16. Institutional Change and Ecological Dynamics Jitendra V. Singh, David J. Tucker, and Agnes G. Meinhard References Contributors Index