Introduction: Community as an Institutional Order and a Type of Organizing
Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 33, 2011
Posted: 30 Mar 2013 Last revised: 23 May 2013
Date Written: November 28, 2011
How does organizations’ embeddedness in social and cultural communities influence their behavior? And how has this changed with recent communication technology advances and globalization trends? In this introductory chapter to Research in the Sociology of Organization’s volume on Communities and Organizations we consider how diverse types of communities influence organizations, as well as the associated benefit of developing a richer accounting for community processes in organizational theory. Our goal is to move beyond the focus on social proximity and networks that has characterized existing work on communities. We highlight how the notion of community provides a distinct institutional order that enables actors to tailor community logics that give cultural meaning to and govern specific institutional fields and furthermore how communities can function as an organizational form.
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