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The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism brings together extensive coverage of aspects of Institutional Theory and an array of top academic contributors. Now in its Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly revised and reorganized, with all chapters updated to maintain a mix of theory, how to conduct institutional organizational analysis, and contemporary empirical work. New chapters on Translation, Networks and Institutional Pluralism are included to reflect new directions in the field. The Second Edition has also been reorganized into six parts: Part One: Beginnings (Foundations) Part Two: Organizations and their Contexts Part Three: Institutional Processes Part Four: Conversations Part Five: Consequences Part Six: Reflections

Organizational Fields: Past, Present and Future
Organizational Fields: Past, Present and Future
Melissa WootenAndrew J. Hoffman
INTRODUCTION

The term ‘institutional theory’ covers a broad body of literature that has grown in prominence and popularity over the past two decades. But, consistency in defining the bounds of this activity has not always been easy. The lament of DiMaggio and Powell in 1991 still holds true today: ‘it is often easier to gain agreement about what it is not than about what it is’ (1991: 1). There are a great number of issues that have and continue to remain divisive within this literature and among related literatures that apply institutional arguments (i.e., economics, political science, and history). What these literatures have in common, however, is an underlying skepticism towards ...

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