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Click to edit Master subtitle style 2/4/11 Institutional Theory September 15/17, 2010 Main idea: Managers live in worlds filled with UNCERTAINTY. To deal with this uncertainty, they draw on models (institutions) in the environment to emulate.
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2/4/11 Isomorphism, revisited Why do organizations adopt similar forms? Population ecology : competitive pressures force organizations to adopt blueprints that economize on scarce resources
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2/4/11 The Argument Organizational activity is not driven by a logic of adaptation (as in Miles) In a world filled with UNCERTAINTY , organizations draw upon social institutions to guide their actions The concern here is LEGITIMACY
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Click to edit Master subtitle style 2/4/11 The Organizational Field Criticism of population ecology: if you just look at populations of organizations, you miss important dynamics by which organizational forms spread
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2/4/11 What is the field? Includes: “… the totality of relevant actors” (p. 148, 4th ¶)
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