Corpus ID: 8869505

And the Social Control of Organizations I

  title={And the Social Control of Organizations I},
  author={Diane Vaughan},
The legal and administrative apparatus responsible for the social control of organizations relies extensively on the deterrent effects of punishment. This strategy presumes a rational choice model of organizational misconduct that de-contextualizes decision making, emphasizing consequences while ignoring how preferences are formed. I raise three challenges to the rational choice/deterrence model of social control: 1) research and theory on decision making, 2) a sociological paradigm that… Expand


The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis
Long a fruitful area of scrutiny for students of organizations, the study of institutions is undergoing a renaissance in contemporary social science. This volume offers, for the first time, bothExpand
Sanction threats and appeals to morality : Testing a rational choice model of corporate crime
We specify and test a rational choice model of corporate crime. This model includes measures of the perceived costs and benefits of corporate crime (for both the firm and the individual), perceptionsExpand
Economic Institutions as Social Constructions: A Framework for Analysis
Institutional economics has moved from a position, earlier in the twentieth century, of drawing eclectically on several other disciplines, to a stance of building its arguments almost entirely out ofExpand
It's Not What You Do, But Who You Are: Informal Social Control, Social Status, and Normative Seriousness in Organizations
This paper analyzes the impact of managerial social status on the normative evaluation of managerial acts in organizational contexts. We test several propositions on the relationship between socialExpand
Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness
How behavior and institutions are affected by social relations is one of the classic questions of social theory. This paper concerns the extent to which economic action is embedded in structures ofExpand
Social Structure, Psychology, and the Estimation of Risk
This paper introduces sociologists to intriguing findings by psychologists about the heuristics that people use in thinking about risk, the resulting biases in estimates, the preferences peopleExpand
Choosing Preferences by Constructing Institutions: A Cultural Theory of Preference Formation
Preferences come from the most ubiquitous human activity: living with other people. Support for and opposition to different ways of life, the shared values legitimating social relations (here calledExpand
Engineering Culture: Control and Commitment in a High-Tech Corporation
Engineering Culture grew out of an attempt to take seriously the conceptual and methodological requirements of a cultural perspective on organizations. Briefly, the book is a critical ethnography ofExpand
Sociological rational choice theory
Although rational choice theory has made considerable advances in other social sciences, its progress in sociology has been limited. Some sociologists' reservations about rational choice arise from aExpand
Social Organization and Social Structure in Symbolic Interactionist Thought
Through communication processes, people transform themselves and their environments and then respond to those transformations (Stone & Farberman 1970:v). This paraphrase, for the most part, definesExpand