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Institutions and Organizations

Institutions and Organizations
Ideas, Interests, and Identities

Fourth Edition

The best and most comprehensive analysis of the relationship between institutional theory and the study of organizations!

July 2013 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Creating a clear, analytical framework for readers, Institutions and Organizations: Ideas and Interests, Fourth Edition continues to reflect the richness and diversity of institutional thought, viewed both historically and as a contemporary, ongoing field of study. By presenting the differences as well as the underlying commonalities of institutional theories, this book presents a cohesive view of the many flavors and colors of institutionalism. It evaluates and clarifies developments in both theory and research while identifying future research directions.

Key Features:

- Elaborates on the three pillars of institutions as part of a larger framework and sheds light on the interplay between institutions and social systems

Includes a detailed discussion between three differing explanations and approaches of institutionalization—economic, sociological, and neo-institutional scholars in organizational studies

- Examines how symbols, relations, routines, artifacts, and other carriers transmit institutional arrangements across time and space

- Devotes a chapter to the theoretical and practical significance of organization fields

Emphasizes the best and most recent theoretical and empirical contributions in each chapter

1. Early Institutionalists
2. Institutional Theory Meets Organizations
3. Crafting an Analytic Framework I: Three Pillars of Institutions
4. Crafting an Analytic Framework II: Logics, Agency, Carriers, and Level
5. Institutional Construction
6. Institutionalization
7. Institutional Processes and Organizations
8. Institutional Processes and Organization Fields
9. An Overview, an Observation, a Caution, and a Sermon
About the Author

“This book offers a comprehensive synthesis of previously divergent theoretical perspectives in the study of institutions and organizations. Concise, clear, and insightful, the book is the best short introduction to institutional theory in general and the contributions made particularly by sociologists. This book also contributes to the construction of general tools for studying institutions and organizations by providing comprehensive analytic concepts and frameworks. . . . It will be one essential tool for my research and also my coursework.”

Junmin Wang
Sociology, University of Memphis

“Very well organized and logical flow of the chapters. . . . The author is very knowledgeable about the literature and does an effective job of integrating it into a framework for analysis. . . . I think it is one of the most comprehensive books on institutional theory.”

Colleen Casey
School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington

“This text is an excellent example of how a theoretical framework can be used to bring order to a complex field of study. The framework is supported with theory and can be used by students and practitioners to better understand their organizations.”

Spencer S. Stober
Leadership Studies, Alvernia University

“. . . [I]t is the key overview text in the institutional field.”

David Chandler
Management, University of Colorado Denver

“. . . [G]ood literature on institutional theory. . . . Keep up with the good work.”

Ali Farazmand
Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University

The book offers readers a thought-provoking discussion of the relationship between institutions and organizations and how this impacts studies of the emergence of agency-driven strategies based on creative ideas, changing interests and multilayered identities. Perhaps one of the greatest contributions of the book, however, is that it pays homage to a holistic approach in international business studies, thus identifying the way forward for the next generation of theoretical enquiries in this area. This reviewer can recommend this book in the strongest terms possible. It provides a highly rewarding and provocative journey into new roads within international business studies as well as within social science in general.

Michael Jakobsen, Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies

this will be one of the recommended books for comparative business and management course. thanks

Dr Umair Choksy
Business Administration , Manchester Business School
May 6, 2016

The book offers a good insight on the new institutionalism, albeit of a specific, Scott's version. I am satisfied to see some introduction of institutional work - new-institutionalism - arguments that nicely introduces the topic of agency. In my view, this is a good start and more discussion of institutional entrepreneurship and institutional work - something that my students were privy to and would be expected to develop knowledge of - would be highly warranted.

Mr Dimitry Jacob
Department of Management, Queen's University Belfast
December 15, 2015

I very good book which is well written. This book sets out a great foundation in understanding Organizations and Institutions. For our students who are looking at Institutional Theory and organizations, we highly recommend this as essential reading, however, for other students who are not so interested in the topic, we recommended it but categorize it as supplemental to our course.

Mr Gavin Brown
Business School, Dublin City University (DCU)
October 31, 2014

Currently reviewing a wide set of literature in order restructure the entire course. Scott is a well know scholar and I have heard several positive reviews on this book.

Magnus Hansson
Centre for Emprical Research on Organizational Control (CEROC), School of Business
April 8, 2014

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Chapter 3

Chapter 8

William Richard Scott

W. Richard (Dick) Scott received his PhD from the University of Chicago and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology with courtesy appointments in the Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Education, and School of Medicine at Stanford University. He has spent his entire professional career at Stanford, serving as chair of the Sociology Department (1972–1975), as director of the Training Program on Organizations and Mental Health (1972–1989), and as director of the Stanford Center for Organizations Research (1988–1996). Scott is an organizational sociologist who has concentrated his work on the study of... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452242224