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Logics of Organization Theory Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies by Michael T. Hannan, Laszlo Polos, Glenn R. Carroll
  

Logics of Organization Theory Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies

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Logics of Organization Theory Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies by Michael T. Hannan, Laszlo Polos, Glenn R. Carroll

Building theories of organizations is challenging: theories are partial and folk categories are fuzzy. The commonly used tools--first-order logic and its foundational set theory--are ill-suited for handling these complications. Here, three leading authorities rethink organization theory. Logics of Organization Theory sets forth and applies a new language for theory building based on a nonmonotonic logic and fuzzy set theory. In doing so, not only does it mark a major advance in organizational theory, but it also draws lessons for theory building elsewhere in the social sciences. Organizational research typically analyzes organizations in categories such as bank, hospital, or university. These categories have been treated as crisp analytical constructs designed by researchers. But sociologists increasingly view categories as constructed by audiences. This book builds on cognitive psychology and anthropology to develop an audience-based theory of organizational categories. It applies this framework and the new language of theory building to organizational ecology. It reconstructs and integrates four central theory fragments, and in so doing reveals unexpected connections and new insights.

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The book will appeal to different audiences, making the book itself an interesting case study for the theory developed in it. The broader message of the book, developing a new set of tools that aid theorizing in sociology and the administrative sciences, will appeal to those interested in social science methodology. But first and foremost, it is of interest to researchers working on organization theory in general and on organizational ecology in particular. It goes substantially beyond earlier formalizations of organizational ecology published in the last decade, with a radical shift in focus toward the whole process of theory building. --Administrative Science Quarterly Logics of Organizational Theory deserves to be read and discussed by everyone interested in organizations and in the method of developing sociological theory. --Michele Lamont, American Journal of Sociology


About the Author

Michael T. Hannan is the Stratacom Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business and professor of sociology at Stanford University. Laszlo Polos is professor of organization theory at the Durham Business School in the United Kingdom. Glenn R. Carroll is the Laurence W. Lane Professor of Organizations in the Graduate School of Business and (by courtesy) professor of sociology at Stanford.

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Publication date

2nd July 2007

Author

Michael T. Hannan, Laszlo Polos, Glenn R. Carroll

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Publisher

Princeton University Press

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Organizational theory & behaviour

ISBN

9780691134505

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