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Institutions and Organizations

Institutions and Organizations
Ideas, Interests, and Identities

Fourth Edition

The best and most comprehensive analysis of the relationship between institutional theory and the study of organizations!

July 2013 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Creating a clear, analytical framework, this comprehensive exploration of the relationship between institutional theory and the study of organizations continues to reflect the richness and diversity of institutional thought—viewed both historically and as a contemporary, ongoing field of study. Drawing on the insights of cultural and organizational sociologists, institutional economists, social and cognitive psychologists, political scientists, and management theorists, the book reviews and integrates the most important recent developments in this rapidly evolving field, and strengthens and elaborates the author’s widely accepted “pillars” framework, which supports research and theory construction. By exploring the differences as well as the underlying commonalities of institutional theories, the book presents a cohesive view of the many flavors and colors of institutionalism. Finally, the book evaluates and clarifies developments in both theory and research while identifying future research directions.

1. Early Institutionalists
2. Institutional Theory Meets Organizations
3. Crafting an Analytic Framework I: Three Pillars of Institutions
4. Crafting an Analytic Framework II: Logics, Agency, Carriers, and Level
5. Institutional Construction
6. Institutionalization
7. Institutional Processes and Organizations
8. Institutional Processes and Organization Fields
9. An Overview, an Observation, a Caution, and a Sermon
About the Author

very good book. could be the fundamental book of discipline if there were Portuguese edition

Professor Antonio Abrantes
Departamento Sociologia, Universidade Algarve
April 5, 2014
Key features


  • Thoroughly updated content reflects new theory and research.
  • Easy-to-follow, well organized chapter format offers improved readability and enhanced clarity to make teaching and learning easier and more effective.
  • Expanded focus on institutional work allows for more robust exploration of the activities involved in constructing, maintaining, and reconfiguring institutional structures.
  • Greater emphasis on institutional logics offers a more complete picture of the ideas that underlie and govern institutional processes.
  • Expanded coverage of the nature and components of organization fields features detailed reviews of recent seminal studies.
  • New commentary insightfully explores the challenges posed by employing institutional theory.
  • Greater focus on the intermingling of social movement and institutional scholarship as well as on the importance of cross-level analysis allow for a more comprehensive approach.
  • Greater attention to early theorists, including Tocqueville, W. I. Thomas, and Hughes, offers a solid historical and analytical context.


  • Each chapter emphasizes the best and most recent theoretical and empirical contributions.
  • An elaboration of the author’s influential three pillars of institutions as part of a larger framework sheds light on the interplay between institutions and social systems.
  • Three differing explanations and approaches of institutionalization—economic, sociological, and neo-institutional scholars in organizational studies—are expertly covered.
  • The way that symbols, relations, routines, artifacts, and other carriers transmit institutional arrangements across time and space is explored.
  •  A chapter is devoted to the theoretical and practical significance of organization fields.

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