3. New Institutional Approaches to Formal Organizations

  1. D. Douglas Caulkins4 and
  2. Ann T. Jordan5
  1. Marietta L. Baba1,
  2. Jeanette Blomberg2,
  3. Christine LaBond1 and
  4. Inez Adams3

Published Online: 2 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch3

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

How to Cite

Baba, M. L., Blomberg, J., LaBond, C. and Adams, I. (2012) New Institutional Approaches to Formal Organizations, in A Companion to Organizational Anthropology (eds D. D. Caulkins and A. T. Jordan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

  2. 5

    University of North Texas, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Michigan State University, USA

  2. 2

    IBM Research, USA

  3. 3

    The Lung Cancer Disparities Center (LCDC), Harvard School of Public Health, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 29 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199827

Online ISBN: 9781118325513

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Keywords:

  • formal organizations;
  • institutional anthropology;
  • institutional change;
  • institutional characteristics;
  • institutional stability;
  • new institutional theory

Summary

This chapter addresses anthropology's place within new institutional theory and some of the ways in which it may contribute to understanding of formal organizations. The chapter begins by exploring the meaning of the institutional construct and its relationship to formal organizations, and illustrates some potential advantages to an anthropological approach to new institutionalism. Certain large-scale formal organizations can be understood as exhibiting institutional characteristics in their own right, and therefore are subject to processes of institutional stability and change (including potentially deinstitutionalization) over long periods of time. Finally, the chapter explores three distinctive analytic dimensions of an anthropological approach to new institutionalism which may orient contributions to this field with those of other disciplines and provide a framework for future discussion.