The Institutional Construction of Organizations
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The Institutional Construction of Organizations

International and Longitudinal Studies


Other Titles:
Organizational Theory

© 1995 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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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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