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Overview

A bestseller since its First Edition, Institutions and Organizations remains the key source for a comprehensive overview of the institutionalist approach to organization theory. W. Richard Scott presents a historical overview of the theoretical literature, an integrative analysis of current institutional approaches, and a review of empirical research related to institutions and organizations. He offers an extensive review and critique of institutional analysis in sociology, political science, and economics as it relates to recent theory and research on organizations.

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Editorial Reviews

Shari Carpenter
"This book is an absolute tribute to the theorists that helped to shape organizational theory; theory that both explains and can offer solutions for today's complex organizational issues. The importance of Scott's book cannot be overlooked as it contains lessons that offer explanation and predictions of procedures to drive both an organization's functions and its economic successes." —Shari Carpenter, Eastern Oregon University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412950909
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Richard (Dick) Scott received his Ph D 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 professional organizations, including educa­tional, engineering, medical, research, social welfare, and nonprofit advocacy organizations. During the past three decades, he has concen­trated his writing and research on the relation between organizations and their institutional environments. He is the author or editor of about a dozen books and more than 200 articles and book chapters.

He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (1975), served as editor of the Annual Review of Sociology (1987–1991), and as president of the Sociological Research Association (2006–2007). Scott was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Management and Organization Theory Division of the Academy of Management in 1988, the Distinguished Educator Award from the same Division in 2013, and of the Richard D. Irwin Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management from the Academy of Management in 1996. In 2000, the Section on Organization, Occupations and Work of the American Sociological Association created the W. Richard Scott Award to annually recognize an outstanding article-length contribution to the field. He has received honorary doctorates from the Copenhagen School of Business (2000), the Helsinki School of Economics and Business (2001), and Aarhus University in Denmark (2010).

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Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition
Introduction
1. Early Institutionalists
Early Institutional Theory in Economics
Early Institutional Theory in Political Science
Early Institutional Theory in Sociology
2. Institutional Theory Meets Organization Studies
Institutions and Organizations: Early Approaches
Foundations of Neoinstitutional Theory
3. Crafting an Analytic Framework I: Three Pillars of Institutions
Defining Institutions
The Three Pillars of Institutions
The Three Pillars and Legitimacy
Basic Assumptions associated with the Three Pillars
4. Constructing an Analytic Framework II: Content, Agency, Carriers and Levels
Institutional Content and Organizations
Agency and Institutions
Varying Carriers
Varying Levels of Analysis
5. Institutional Construction
Creating Institutions
Selected Studies of Institutional Construction
6. Institutionalization
Three Conceptions of Institutionalization: Underlying Mechanisms
Maintaining and Diffusing Institutions
Carriers and Institutional Mechanisms
7. Institutional Processes and Organizations
Organizations and Institutions: Three Views
Legitimacy and Isomorphism
Institutional Context and Organizational Structure
Interactive Processes
Strategic Processes
Sources of Divergence
8. Institutional Processes and Organization Fields
Conceptualizing Organization Fields
Field Structuration Processes
Structuration, Destructurating, and Restructuration
9. An Overview and a Caution
Distinctive Features
The Maturation of Institutional Theory and Research
A Cautionary Comment
References
Index
About the Author

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