"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 24: Ecologists and Institutionalists: Friends or Foes?
Ecologists and Institutionalists: Friends or Foes?
In this chapter, we consider the web of relations between institutional and ecological analysis of organizations. These research traditions are very similar in some ways, notably that foundational articles for both were published in the same year (Meyer and Rowan, 1977; Hannan and Freeman, 1977). Yet, in other ways, they are remarkably different, as evidenced by vociferous debates between ecologists and institutionalists (e.g., Carroll and Hannan, 1989a vs. Zucker, 1989 vs. Carroll and Hannan, 1989b; Hannan, Carroll, Dundon, and Torres, 1995 vs. Baum and Powell, 1995 vs. Hannan and Carroll, 1995). Given their concurrent origins and the combination of similarity and difference in their lived histories, it is not surprising that these two research ...