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Encuentro de investigación, desarrollo y difusión: Woody Powell

Recibimos a Woody Powell (Stanford Graduate School of Education)

​En una nueva edición de nuestros Encuentros de Investigación, Desarrollo y Difusión en el IAE Business School, Woody Powell presentó su trabajo “From Iron Cage to Glass House: Is Transparency a New Organizational Standard?” 

Woody es Profesor de Educación Sociología, Comportamiento Humano, Administración, Ingeniería y Comunicación de Stanford. Obtuvo su PhD in Sociology por SUNY-Stony Brook University (1978).

Reconocido como uno de los sociólogos americanos más prestigiosos e iniciador de las teoría neo-institucionalista y teoría de redes, sus intereses de research incluyen temas de Higher Education, Institutional Renewal, Models in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Organizational Change, Organizations y Social Networks.

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Abstract

Rationalization is a fundamental social process in which instrumental reasoning displaces traditional and charismatic legitimacy. In the nonprofit sector, bureaucratic management in the early 2000s generated concern that the visible hand of civic leadership would give way to the invisible hand of the market. Our longitudinal study of 200 nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area finds that organizations that were formerly managerial, technocratic, and inward-looking are now collaborative, transparent, and focused on impact. This unforeseen shift from iron cages to glass houses suggests a reconceptualization of rationalization, not as a self-reproducing process but as one in which the contents are changing. Dynamic regression and matched qualitative interviews show that older managerial practices attract and intermingle with ideas of open management, without dissolving their differences. We contribute a novel perspective on how competing ideas influence one another, and show how openness becomes a guiding principle of contemporary organizations.

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