what is new in orgtheory?
When I went to grad school in the late 90s/early 2000s, organizational sociology/org theory was taught in the following way:
- Two or three major schools of thought –
ecologydemography, institutionalism, and rat choice/neo-rat choice/Carnegie school.
- One “perspective” – networks of/in organizations
- Various topics, such as gender or race in the workplace
What has changed in the last ten years? I’d guess that we’ve deepened our selves a great deal in networks and institutions, people are less interested in ecological arguments, and there are new topics (e.g., movements and orgs). What I find interesting is that were don’t have many new variables, in the same way the ecologists brought us density or institutionalists brought us isomorphism/diffusion.
Do you agree with this assessment? What do you think is the new variable in orgtheory? What ought to be the new variable in org theory?