Studying Differences Between Organizations: Comparative Approaches to Organizational Research Vol: 26

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09 Jun 2009
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
300 pages - 152 x 229 x 18mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
This volume is motivated by key questions and challenges associated with reviving and developing a comparative perspective. One organizing theme of the volume is to present comparative analysis as a means to explain and describe organizational heterogeneity, at varying levels and contexts. While much empirical work looks for the sources of homogeneity within fields, industries, etc., we believe that one advantage of doing comparative analysis is to make assessments of the observed differences between organizations. Thus, we have asked all of the authors to consider how their style of comparative analysis enhances our understanding of organizational heterogeneity. The volume consists of two sections: an introductory essay section and a section where authors focus on specific theoretical, methodological and empirical topics. A couple of papers are original empirical analyses that use a comparative logic or method. We expect that each paper, in addition to providing a theoretical contribution, will offer a meta-discussion that explains how taking a comparative approach enhances our understanding of the phenomenon of interest.
Comparative organizational analysis: An introduction. Lost in space, out of time: Why and how we should study organizations comparatively. Comparing organizations: Empirical and theoretical issues. Organizational comparative analysis: Investigating similarities and differences among organizations. Comparative organizational analysis across multiple levels: A set-theoretic approach. The comparative analysis of organizational forms: Considering field and ecological approaches. Negotiating actor–environment relations: A framework for comparative research. Differentiating organizational boundaries. Technology, structure, and heterogeneity among American antiwar organizations. Organizations, populations, and fields: Investigating organizational heterogeneity through a multilevel case study design. List of Contributors. Research in the sociology of organizations. Studying differences between organizations: Comparative approaches to organizational research. Copyright page.

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