Organizational theorists tend to ignore political parties because of their apparent irrelevance to organizational analysis, thus missing the opportunity to see how parties can contribute to understanding organizational innovation. Case materials from recent elections in Canada and the United States illuminate the impact of mobilizing resources, providing new cultural meanings, and coordination through agency and structure. The analysis offers a new appreciation of how organizational processes work in political parties. The inclusion of political parties into the repertoire of organizational types also helps to enrich organizational theory by adding new insights into our understanding of the processes and impacts of change.
|Keywords:||Organizational Innovation, Political Parties, Effects of Changing Practices, Resource Mobilization, Cultural Change, Coordination through Agency and Structure|
Professor Emerita and Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago and New York University, New York, New York, USA
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