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The value in comparing organizational fields and forms
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2983-5573
2016 (English)In: Towards A Comparative Institutionalism: Forms, Dynamics And Logics Across The Organizational Fields Of Health Care And Higher Education / [ed] Professor Michael Lounsbury, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016, Vol. 45, 9-32 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)Text
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Following the spirit of an earlier volume in the series focusing on ’Comparative Approaches to Organizational Research’, the mandate of the current volume is to provide a comparative account of dynamics across two organizational fields - health care and higher education - and, subsequently, two specific types of organizational forms - hospitals and universities. In so doing, we take a broader perspective encompassing various conceptual and theoretical points of departure emanating from, mostly, the institutional literature in the social sciences (and its various perspectives), but also from public policy and administration literatures - of relevance to scholars and the communities of practice working within either field. In this introductory paper to the volume, we provide a brief overview of developments across the two organizational fields and illuminate on the most important scholarly traditions underpinning the study of both system dynamics as a whole as well as universities and hospitals as organizations and institutions. We conclude by reflecting on the implication of the volume’s key findings in regards to comparative research within organizational studies.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 45, 9-32 p.
, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, ISSN 0733-558X ; 45
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180859DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20150000045011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84953249633ISBN: 978-1-78560-274-0OAI: diva2:901758

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Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-01-25 Last updated: 2016-02-09Bibliographically approved

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