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Hyper-Organization: Global Organizational Expansion

Patricia Bromley and John W. Meyer


This book offers an institutional explanation for the hyper-expansion of formal organization in the contemporary era—in numbers, internal complexity, social domains, and national contexts. Much expansion is hard to justify in terms of technical production or political power: it lies in areas such as protecting the environment, promoting marginalized groups, or behaving with transparency. It is supported by cultural rationalization—scientism, rights, and empowerment discourses—and an explosion of education. These cultural changes are transmitted through legal, accounting, and professionalizatio ... More

Keywords: organization, neo-institutional theory, cultural rationalization, actorhood, scientism, education, professionalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689859
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Bromley, author
Assistant Professor of Public Administration, University of Utah

John W. Meyer, author
Stanford University, Emeritus Professor of Sociology

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