Institutions in Turbulent Environments
A Study of the Impact of Environmental Change upon Institutions for the Intellectually Disabled
Published in 1999. Contemporary organizations are faced with increasingly rapid and dramatic change within their political, cultural and technological environments. Institutions in Turbulent Environments critically examines the way organizations respond to these changes,with a particular focus upon the institutional disability sector. The book examines available theory concerning organizational contingency, adaptation and population ecology. It utilizes a framework developed from this theory to examine the ways in which a major institution for the intellectually disabled responded to the turbulence within its environment. It uses this data to re-examine theory and to propose changes to the way organization/environment relationships are understood.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Literature 3. Description of the Organization 4. The Environment of the Organization 5. The Structure of Environmental Change 6. Responses of the Organization 7. Analysis of Organizational Responses 8. Implications for Organizational Theory.
’This study provides a fascinating insight into the political and organizational complexities of deinstitutionalization, and of organizational reform in the human services. It should be read by policy-makers, managers and academics wishing to understand more fully the processes involved in closing large institutions for people with disabilities and mental illnesses.’ Andrew Jones, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work and Social Policy, The University of Queensland, Australia