Walter W. Powell
Stanford University
SociologyEconomicsPolitical scienceSocial sciencePublic relations
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#1Kurt Sandholtz (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 4
#2Walter W. Powell (Stanford University)H-Index: 47
#1Aaron Horvath (Stanford University)H-Index: 2
#2Christof Brandtner (Stanford University)H-Index: 4
Last. Walter W. Powell (Stanford University)H-Index: 47
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Change is frequently afoot in the nonprofit sector, both in the wider institutional environment in which nonprofits operate and within the organizations themselves. Environmental transformations—funding sources, supply and demand for collective goods, and administrative norms—create the circumstances in which organizations operate. Internally, change involves the alteration of goals, practices, and personnel. To explore how multiple aspects of change intersect across levels, we ask how organizat...
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#1Grégoire CroidieuH-Index: 4
#2Birthe SoppeH-Index: 7
Last. Walter W. PowellH-Index: 47
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Abstract We analyze how institutional persistence unfolds. Building on an historical analysis of 3,307 bottle labels in the Bordeaux wine community, France, between 1924 and 2005, we find that the persistence of a chateau tradition requires considerable effort at maintenance. Instead of greater compression and taken-for-grantedness, we propose that expansion along multimodal carriers provides a marker of a deepening institutionalization. We underscore the role of community organizations in enabl...
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#1Achim ObergH-Index: 7
#2Valeska P. KorffH-Index: 4
Last. Walter W. PowellH-Index: 47
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Abstract Organizational fields are shaped by both the relations that organizations forge and the language they express. The structure and discourse of organizational fields have been studied before, but seldom in combination. We offer a methodological approach that integrates relations and expressions into a comprehensive visualization. By mapping networks and discourse as co-constitutive, the method illuminates the mechanisms active in organizational fields. We utilize social impact evaluation ...
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#1Walter W. PowellH-Index: 47
#2Achim ObergH-Index: 7
Last. Karina KloosH-Index: 1
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Walter Powell, Achim Oberg, Valeska Korff, Carrie Oelberger and Karina Kloos deal with the processes and mechanisms of organizational change and field transformation. On the one hand, this is a classical topic of neo-institutional theory and research, and the authors make use of an impressive array of knowledge from previous studies here. On the other hand, and based on that ‘intellectual history’ as the authors call it, they conduct a highly innovative study by focusing on new organizationa...
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#1Walter W. Powell (Stanford University)H-Index: 47
Crowd-based organizational models are purported to be more open and participatory than traditional organizational forms. But are they novel inventions or permutations of forms that have existed previously? This essay examines the wide array of innovations pursued under the umbrella label of crowd phenomena and asks whether they have altered traditional ways of organizing. The ramifications of crowds for both workers and consumers are also discussed. Central features of crowd organizing include s...
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#1Victoria A. JohnsonH-Index: 58
#2Walter W. PowellH-Index: 47
#1Valeska P. Korff (University of Potsdam)H-Index: 4
#2Achim ObergH-Index: 7
Last. Walter W. Powell (Stanford University)H-Index: 47
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Different strategies exist to exert influence in the context of networked social structures: brokers regulate flows of information; social movements create frames for mobilization; and high-tech clusters form linkages to advance innovation. This paper introduces interstitial communities as a fourth form of networked governance that brings together a composite of such strategies. As collectives of organizations that have access to multiple cultural repertoires, are internally integrated, and have...
#1Paul DimaggioH-Index: 41
#2Walter W. PowellH-Index: 47
#1Walter W. Powell (Stanford University)H-Index: 47
#2Aaron Horvath (Stanford University)H-Index: 2
Last. Christof Brandtner (Stanford University)H-Index: 4
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Abstract The webpages of organizations are both a form of representation and a type of narrative. They entertain, persuade, express a point of view, and provide a means to organize collective action and economic exchange. Increasingly, webpages are the primary point of access between an organization and its environment. An organization's online presence offers a major new source of rich information about organizations. In this paper, we develop three perspectives on websites from an organization...
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