We would like to acknowledge the helpful comments and criticism of J. Eugene Haas and Andrew Effrat on an earlier draft of this paper.
Organizational Adaptations to Changing Cultural Contingencies*
Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2007
Volume 46, Issue 2, pages 135–141, April 1976
How to Cite
GILLESPIE, D. F. and MILETI, D. S. (1976), Organizational Adaptations to Changing Cultural Contingencies. Sociological Inquiry, 46: 135–141. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.1976.tb00758.x
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An integrated conceptual framework acceptable across different disciplines and theoretical perspectives is presented. The scheme promotes one aspect of organizational environments, the cultural context, as crucial to explaining organizational structure or behavior. By crosstabulating member consensus and community consensus consistent predictions regarding survival, “character,” and goal behavior are achieved for a diverse range of case studies. It is suggested, therefore, that community consensus be treated as a common denominator in future attempts to ferret out the necessary and sufficient conditions associated with particular organizational structures and behaviors.