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Language Matters, from Logics of Organization Theory: Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies
[Logics of Organization Theory: Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies]

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  • Michael T. Hannan

    (Stanford University Graduate School of Business)

  • László Pólos

    (Durham Business School (UK))

  • Glenn R. Carroll

    (Stanford University Graduate School of Business)

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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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    This chapter was published in: Michael T. Hannan & László Pólos & Glenn R. Carroll , , pages , 2007.

    This item is provided by Princeton University Press in its series Introductory Chapters with number 8550-1.

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    Keywords: organization theory; language; dynamic logic; fuzzy sets; membership; audiences; unification; cognitive psychology; anthropology;

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    Cited by:
    1. Greta Hsu & Michael T. Hannan & Laszlo Polos, 2009. "Typecasting and Legitimation: A Formal Theory," Working Papers 2009_01, Durham University Business School.
    2. Andriani, Pierpaolo & Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, 2011. "Performing comparative advantage: The case of the global coffee business," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 167, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
    3. Rousselière, Damien & Joly, Iragaël, 2011. "A propos de la capacité à survivre des coopératives : une étude de la relation entre âge et mortalité des organisations coopératives agricoles françaises," Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, Editions NecPlus, vol. 92(03), pages 259-289, September.
    4. Le Mans, Gael & Hannan, Michael T. & Polos, Laszlo, 2011. "Drifting Tastes, Inertia, and Organizational Viability," Research Papers 2082, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.

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