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The Institutional Construction of Organizations
International and Longitudinal Studies

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Organizational Theory

August 1995 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
During the past three decades, organization studies have witnessed a succession of theoretical perspectives - contingency theory, resource dependency and population ecology - that focus on one or other aspect of organizations. Only institutional theory highlights the importance of the wider social and cultural environment as the `ground' in which organizations are rooted.

This book brings together original work from two different research traditions - continental Europe and the United States - to shed light on the study of organizations. This includes empirical observations, longitudinal analyses, market-based organizational forms, and the concepts of agency and strategy.

W Richard Scott and Sóren Christensen
Preface
W Richard Scott
Introduction
Institutional Theory and Organizations

 
 
PART ONE: ACCOUNTING FOR INSTITUTIONS
Peter Abell
The New Institutionalism and Rational Choice Theory
Theresa K Lant and Joel A C Baum
Cognitive Sources of Socially Constructed Competitive Groups
Examples from the Manhattan Hotel Industry

 
Mark C Suchman
Localism and Globalization in Institutional Analysis
The Emergence of Contractual Norms in Venture Finance

 
 
PART TWO: ORGANIZATIONAL ADAPTATION TO CONFLICTING AND SHIFTING INSTITUTIONAL AND TECHNICAL ENVIRONMENTS
Sóren Christensen and Jan Molin
Origin and Transformation of Organizations
Institutional Analysis of the Danish Red Cross

 
Jan Mouritsen and Peter Sk[ae]b[ae]k
Civilization, Art, and Accounting
The Royal Danish Theater - An Enterprise Straddling Two Institutions

 
Finn Borum and Ann Westenholz
The Incorporation of Multiple Institutional Models
Organizational Field Multiplicity and the Role of Actors

 
 
PART THREE: INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTS ON FIRMS AND FIELDS
Christian Knudsen
The Competence View of the Firm
What Can Modern Economists Learn from Philip Selznick's Sociological Theory of Leadership?

 
Stephen J Mezias
Using Institutional Theory to Understand For-Profit Sectors
The Case of Financial Reporting Standards

 
 
PART FOUR: INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTS ON INDUSTRIES
Patricia H Thornton
Accounting for Acquisition Waves
Evidence from the US College Publishing Industry

 
Raghu Garud and Arun Kumaraswamy
Coupling the Technical and Institutional Faces of Janus in Network Industries
Peter Karn[o with a line through]e
Institutional Interpretations and Explanations of Differences in American and Danish Approaches to Innovation
Frank Dobbin
The Origins of Economic Principles
Railway Entrepreneurs and Public Policy in 19th-Century America

 
W Richard Scott and Sóren Christensen
Conclusion
Crafting a Wider Lens

 

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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

Soren Christensen

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