Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony

  title={Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony},
  author={John W. Meyer and Brian Rowan},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={340 - 363}
Many formal organizational structures arise as reflections of rationalized institutional rules. The elaboration of such rules in modern states and societies accounts in part for the expansion and increased complexity of formal organizational structures. Institutional rules function as myths which organizations incorporate, gaining legitimacy, resources, stability, and enhanced survival prospects. Organizations whose structures become isomorphic with the myths of the institutional environment-in… 
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