Socio-economic systems and organizational management : an institutional perspective on the socialist firm
Tsoukas, Haridimos (1994) Socio-economic systems and organizational management : an institutional perspective on the socialist firm. Organization Studies, 15 (1). pp. 21-45. ISSN 0170-8406Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/017084069401500102
In this article the necessary links between the macro-logic of socialist socio-economic systems and key organizational features are explored. The ideal types of capitalist and socialist systems are first described and their implications for organizations are later discussed. Socialist socio-economic systems are conceptualized as highly institutionalized environments which are postulated to be key causal influences on firms operating within them. The key characteristics of socialist firms are shown to be the following: the isomorphic relationships between socialist enterprises and the state caused by the structural and political-ideological dependence of the former upon the latter; the prevalence of ceremonial management; the systematic decoupling of the formal system from actual organizational practices and behaviours, as well as the disjuncture of the actions of economic units from their consequences. In addition, the structurally generated reliance of socialist firms on rules and hierarchies for organizational decision-making is noted. Socialist socio-economic systems also generate multiple lines of authority in enterprises which are managed through a combination of participative management, ideological campaigns, and coercion.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Organization Studies|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||25|
|Page Range:||pp. 21-45|
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