Current reading: Meyer, John W., and Brian Rowan. 1977. “Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony.” American Journal of Sociology 83 (2):340-363.
The prelim approaches!
This one is foundational and still central to a great deal of contemporary sociological thinking about organizations. The central idea is that the structure of organizations is adopted not so much for efficiency, but for congruence with institutionalized forms. It is also one of those rare pieces that reminds me why sociology is so ascinating.