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Author Hannan, Michael T

Title Logics of Organization Theory : Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011


Description 1 online resource (381 pages)
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Chapter 1. Language Matters; 1.1 Languages for Theory Building; 1.2 Using Dynamic Logic; 1.3 Partial Memberships: Fuzziness; 1.4 Organizational Ecology; 1.5 Unification Projects; Part 1. Audiences, Producers, and Codes; Chapter 2. Clusters and Labels; 2.1 Seeds for Categories and Forms; 2.2 Domains; 2.3 Similarity; 2.4 Similarity Clusters; 2.5 Labels; 2.6 Extensional Consensus; 2.7 Complex Labels; Chapter 3. Types and Categories; 3.1 Schemata; 3.2 Types; 3.3 Intensional Semantic Consensus; 3.4 Categories
3.5 Intrinsic Appeal and Category ValenceChapter 4. Forms and Populations; 4.1 Test Codes and Defaults; 4.2 Taken-for-Grantedness; 4.3 Legitimation and Forms; 4.4 Populations; 4.5 Density Dependence Revisited; 4.6 Delegitimation; Chapter 5. Identity and Audience; 5.1 Identity As Default; 5.2 Multiple Category Memberships; 5.3 Code Clash; 5.4 Identities and Populations; 5.5 Structure of the Audience; Part 2. Nonmonotonic Reasoning: Age Dependence; Chapter 6. A Nonmonotonic Logic; 6.1 Beyond First-Order Logic; 6.2 Generalizations; 6.3 Nonmonotonic Reasoning; 6.4 A Prècis of the Formal Approach
6.5 Chaining Probabilistic Arguments6.6 Closest-Possible-Worlds Construction; 6.7 Falsification; Chapter 7. Integrating Theories of Age Dependence; 7.1 Capability and Endowment; 7.2 First Unification Attempt; 7.3 Obsolescence; 7.4 Second Unification Attempt; Part 3. Ecological Niches; Chapter 8. Niches and Audiences; 8.1 Tastes, Positions, and Offerings; 8.2 Category Niche; 8.3 Organizational Niche; 8.4 Fundamental Niche; 8.5 Implications of Category Membership; 8.6 Metric Audience Space; Chapter 9. Niches and Competitors; 9.1 Fitness; 9.2 Realized Niche; 9.3 Niche Overlap
9.4 Niche Width Revisited9.5 Convexity of the Niche; 9.6 Environmental Change; Chapter 10. Resource Partitioning; 10.1 Scale Advantage; 10.2 Market Center; 10.3 Market Segments and Crowding; 10.4 Dynamics of Partitioning; 10.5 Implications of Category Membership; Part 4. Organizational Change; Chapter 11. Cascading Change; 11.1 Identity and Inertia; 11.2 Organizational Architecture; 11.3 Cascades; 11.4 Architecture and Cascades; 11.5 Intricacy and Viscosity; 11.6 Missed Opportunities; 11.7 Change and Mortality; Chapter 12. Opacity and Asperity; 12.1 Limited Foresight: Opacity
12.2 Cultural Opposition: Asperity12.3 Opacity, Asperity, and Reorganization; 12.4 Change and Mortality; Chapter 13. Niche Expansion; 13.1 Expanded Engagement; 13.2 Architectural and Cultural Context; 13.3 Age and Asperity; 13.4 Distant Expansion; 13.5 Expansion and Convexity; Chapter 14. Conclusions; 14.1 Theoretical Unification; 14.2 Common Conceptual Core; 14.3 Inconsistencies Resolved; 14.4 Theoretical Progress; 14.5 Empirical Implications; Appendix A. Glossary of Theoretical Terms; Appendix B. Glossary of Symbols; Appendix C. Some Elementary First-Order Logic
Appendix D. Notation for Monotonic Functions
Summary 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. Organizat
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Subject Organizational sociology -- Methodology
Nonmonotonic reasoning.
Categories (Philosophy)
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Negotiating.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Categories (Philosophy)
Nonmonotonic reasoning
Organizational sociology -- Methodology
Form Electronic book
Author Polos, Laszlo
Carroll, Glenn
ISBN 9781400843015