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6. The Organization and the Environment IV: Institutionalist Theory Main idea: Managers live in worlds filled with UNCERTAINTY. To deal with this uncertainty,
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Revisiting the question of Isomorphism Why do organizations adopt similar forms? Population ecology : competitive pressures force organizations to adopt blueprints that economize on scarce resources DiMaggio & Powell ask: how do we
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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 rather than rationality/efficiency
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The Organizational Field Criticism of population ecology: if you just look at populations of organizations, you miss
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What is the field? Includes: “… the totality of relevant actors” (p. 148, 4th ¶) “… structure … cannot be determined a priori but must be defined on the basis of
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course SOC 110 taught by Professor Powers during the Fall '07 term at Berkeley.

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