Institutional Environments and Organizations

Institutional Environments and Organizations : Structural Complexity and Individualism

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The institutional theory of organizations developed by Scott, Meyer and their colleagues over the past two decades has had an enormous impact on organizational theory and research. In this book, the editors review the major theoretical advances of the past decade and the empirical testing they have done on these theories. Their work has highlighted two key themes: the interrelationship between organizational complexity and the institutional environment; and the place of the individual within the organization.
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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 146 x 228 x 26mm | 557.92g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0803956673
  • 9780803956674
  • 1,806,493

Table of contents

PART ONE: DEVELOPMENTS IN INSTITUTIONAL THEORYOntology and Rationalization in the Western Cultural Account - John W Meyer, John Boli and George M ThomasRationalized Environments - John W MeyerInstitutions and Organizations - W Richard Scott Toward a Theoretical SynthesisInstitutional Analysis - W Richard Scott Variance and Process Theory ApproachesInstitutional Conditions for Diffusion - David Strang and John W MeyerPART TWO: INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMPLEXITYSocial Environments and Organizational Accounting - John W MeyerEnvironmental Linkages and Organizational Complexity - W Richard Scott and John W Meyer Public and Private SchoolsCentralization, Fragmentation, and School District Complexity - John W Meyer, W Richard Scott and David StrangBureaucratization Without Centralization - John W Meyer et al Changes in the Organizational System of US Public Education, 1940 - 1980PART THREE: INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS AND THE EXPANSION OF INDIVIDUALITY WITHIN ORGANIZATIONSInstitutional and Organizational Rationalization in the Mental Health System - John W MeyerThe Rise of Training Programs in Firms and Agencies - W Richard Scott and John W Meyer An Institutional PerspectiveEmployee Training - Susanne C Monahan, John W Meyer and Richard W Scott The Expansion of Organizational CitizenshipEqual Opportunity Law and the Construction of Internal Labor Markets - Frank R Dobbin et al
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About W. Richard Scott

W. Richard (Dick) Scott (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology with courtesy appointments in the Graduate School of Business, School of Education, and School of Medicine, Stanford University. He has spent his entire professional career at Stanford and served as the founding director of the Stanford Center for Organizations Research. He is the author of many articles and more than a dozen scholarly books, including two widely used texts in the area of organizations: an early book, Formal Organizations (1962), coauthored with Peter M Blau, and the more recent volume, Organizations: Rational, Natural and Open Systems (1981/1987/1992/1998), now in its 4th edition. Scott is a past fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and was the recipient in 1988 of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Management and Organization Theory Division of the Academy of Management. In 1996, he received the Richard D. Irwin Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management from the Academy of Management.
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