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W. (William) Richard Scott

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10 Sep 2013 1452242224 978-1452242224 Fourth Edition
Creating a clear, analytical framework for readers, Institutions and Organizations: Ideas and Interests, Fourth Edition continues to reflect the richness and diversity of institutional thought, viewed both historically and as a contemporary, ongoing field of study. By presenting the differences as well as the underlying commonalities of institutional theories, this book presents a cohesive view of the many flavors and colors of institutionalism. It evaluates and clarifies developments in both theory and research while identifying future research directions.

Key Features:

- Elaborates on the three pillars of institutions as part of a larger framework and sheds light on the interplay between institutions and social systems

Includes a detailed discussion between three differing explanations and approaches of institutionalization—economic, sociological, and neo-institutional scholars in organizational studies

- Examines how symbols, relations, routines, artifacts, and other carriers transmit institutional arrangements across time and space

- Devotes a chapter to the theoretical and practical significance of organization fields

Emphasizes the best and most recent theoretical and empirical contributions in each chapter


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“This book offers a comprehensive synthesis of previously divergent theoretical perspectives in the study of institutions and organizations. Concise, clear, and insightful, the book is the best short introduction to institutional theory in general and the contributions made particularly by sociologists. This book also contributes to the construction of general tools for studying institutions and organizations by providing comprehensive analytic concepts and frameworks. . . . It will be one essential tool for my research and also my coursework.” (Junmin Wang 2013-05-10)

“Very well organized and logical flow of the chapters. . . . The author is very knowledgeable about the literature and does an effective job of integrating it into a framework for analysis. . . . I think it is one of the most comprehensive books on institutional theory.” (Colleen Casey 2013-05-10)

“This text is an excellent example of how a theoretical framework can be used to bring order to a complex field of study. The framework is supported with theory and can be used by students and practitioners to better understand their organizations.” (Spencer S. Stober 2013-05-10)

“. . . [I]t is the key overview text in the institutional field.” (David Chandler 2013-05-10)

“. . . [G]ood literature on institutional theory. . . . Keep up with the good work.” (Ali Farazmand 2013-05-10)

About the Author

W. Richard (Dick) Scott received his PhD 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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Good overview of institutionalism and organizational analysis. Missing is critical realism and its impact on institution theory. Lancaster style discourse theory has a lot to offer this field, and it wish it were engaged in this book. But I'll use this book for my institution theory graduate class.
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