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Click to edit Master subtitle style 2/4/11 The Political-Cultural Approach September 13/15, 2010 Main idea: The organization’s most critical external dependencies are not “objectively” given. Its understanding of the environment is a CULTURAL construction that is an outcome of POLITICAL struggle.
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2/4/11 Last time: how do we KNOW the environment? Rational adaptation/Manageralism: organizations learn by making strategic choices and assimilating feedback Population Ecology: the environment selects or selects out independent of our knowing
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2/4/11 A foray into economic sociology How do markets work? Economics: the “invisible hand” of the free market compels rational competition Fligstein: markets are “political- cultural” constructions of actors —
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2/4/11 The “conception of control” A cultural framework through which organizational actors understand the environment Different groups within the organization offer competing claims about the most pressing resource dependencies confronting it in the
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