Department of Administration and Organization Theory

New article from Ivar Bleiklie, Jürgen Enders og Benedetto Lepori published in Organization Studies

Ivar Bleiklie, Jürgen Enders and Benedetto Lepori has resently published their last article "Organizations as Penetrated Hierarchies: Environmental Pressures and Control in Professional Organizations" in Organization Studies.

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"Organizational control and environmental influences on organizational behavior are central themes in organization studies, yet little effort has been made to bring them together. In this paper we seek to contribute to filling this gap by investigating and conceptualizing environmental influences on organizational control. The paper examines patterns of organizational control and their environmental couplings through three parallel case studies of public universities in three European countries. We provide a systematic characterization of the space of configurations of control in professional knowledge-intensive organizations along the two axes of centralization of power and formalization of social relationships. We show that environmental characteristics do matter for the contestation and selection of control models. Finally, we unpack and conceptualize the synergetic influence of three environmental characteristics (institutional pressures, resource environment, and external social relationships) as providing sources of legitimacy and power for specific control regimes."


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