"It is now three decades since the "new"institutionalism burst on the intellectual scene and a most appropriate time to take stock of missteps, accomplishments, and future directions. This theoretical thrust has revitalized many scholarly arenas across the social sciences, but none more so then organization studies. Royston Greenwood and his co-editors have assembled a stellar stable of scholars who collectively provide a comprehensive assessment if this vibrant field."—W. Richard Scott, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University"Institutional theory has become the dominant conversation in organization theory. In this volume many of its leading exponents show where it is going, what it can do and how it engages with related fields."—Stewart Clegg, Aston Business School and University of Technology, Sydney"This Handbook is "must reading" for any organization and management scholar. It provides a timely and comprehensive update of institutional theory and its relationships with other organization theories."—Andrew H. Van de Ven, Vernon Heath Professor of Organizational Innovation and Change, Carlson School of Management, University of MinnesotaInstitutional theory lies at the heart of organizational theory, yet until now, no book has successfully taken stock of this important and wide ranging theoretical perspective. With insight and clarity, the editors of this handbook have collected and arranged papers so the readers are provided with a map of the field and pointed in the direction of new and emerging themes. The academics who have contributed to this handbook are respected internationally and represent a cross section of expert organization theorists, sociologists and political scientists. Chapters are a rich mix of theory, how to conduct institutional organizational analysis and empirical work.
Chapter 18: Institutionalism and Globalization Studies
Institutionalism and Globalization Studies
Predating any discussions of globalization, institutional presuppositions regarding embeddedness and diffusion were applied on the world level in what was then called comparative studies. As early as the 1970s, when comparative studies were caught in an impasse between dependency and modernization theories, a group of Stanford University scholars challenged the prevailing realist comparative traditions and made initial empirical studies that set the foundation for almost four decades of prolific institutional and comparative research. Today, in the era of hyperglobalization and countless commentaries on globalization, institutional theory of globalization - commonly referred to as world society theory - has carved a substantial niche in globalization studies.
The main theme of the institutionalist tradition in globalization studies is that the world ...