Logics of Organization Theory by Michael T. Hannan
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Logics of Organization Theory
By Michael T. Hannan

Logics of Organization Theory

Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies

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Logics of Organization Theory by Michael T. Hannan

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691134505
ISBN-10: 0691134502
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Demography of Corporations and Industries by Michael T. Hannan Demography of Corporations and Industries, Paperback (July 2004)

Presents the demographic approach to organizational studies. This book examines the theory, models, methods, and data used in corporate demographic research. It explores the processes by which corporate populations change over time, including organizational founding, growth, decline, structural transformation, and mortality.

Organizational Ecology by Michael T. Hannan Organizational Ecology, Paperback (September 1993)

Hannan and Freeman examine the ecology of organizations by exploring the competition for resources and by trying to account for rates of entry and exit and for the diversity of organizational forms. They show that the destinies of organizations are determined more by impersonal forces than by the intervention of individuals.

Dynamics of Organizational Populations by Michael T. Hannan Dynamics of Organizational Populations, Hardback (January 1992)

This study aims to broaden the general understanding of change in organizational populations by examining the dynamics of numbers of organizations in populations. The authors examine labour unions, newspapers, publishing, brewing firms, life insurance companies and banks.

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Author Biography - Michael T. Hannan

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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