Organizational Fields

  • Besnik PulaEmail author
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An organizational field is typically defined as an institutionalized domain or sector of society characterized by sets of organizations that share similar goals. The concept is invoked in sociological neo-institutionalist analysis to explain the diffusion of similar norms, policies, organizational forms, and social practices across organizations that are members of an organizational field.


The concept of “organizational field” has been popularized in institutional and organizational research in sociology by the seminal work of DiMaggio and Powell (1983). Still the most widely cited article informing the use of the concept, DiMaggio and Powell reserved a specific theoretical context and meaning for the term. Over the years, the term has been modified and extended, particularly as organizational analysis adopted the use of the concept of “field” from the sociological theory of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu....


Organizational Form Organizational Change Resource Dependence Strategic Action Organizational Field 
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  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA