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From beginning to end, Organizations & Environments focuses on a central unifying theme: organizational change through an evolutionary perspective. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of the question "under what conditions do organizations change?" It captures the essential features of sociology's concern for the relationship between business policy and society.

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Howard E. Aldrich is Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Management in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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"In this landmark text, Howard Aldrich offered the first book-length treatment of the evolutionary perspective on organizational behavior. Indeed, one notable measure of the influence of Organizations and Environments is the extent to which its arguments concerning variation, selection, and retention have become taken-for-granted in the contemporary paradigms of organizational analysis. Both seasoned scholars and fresh graduate students will benefit considerably from an examination of Aldrich's conceptual framework and detailed historical examples." (Martin Ruef Princeton University)

"Organizational scholars of my generation cut their doctoral teeth on Organizations and Environments. My copy sat proudly on my bookshelf between Weick's Social Psychology of Organizing and Pfeffer and Salancik's The External Control of Organizations. But my delight in seeing it reprinted extends well beyond nostalgia. Aldrich's flair for putting organizations in their contexts provides a model of theorizing that is as relevant today as it was when the book was first published. Now future generations are assured the benefit of its many insights." (Mary Jo Hatch University of Virginia)

"With this book Howard Aldrich changed how we think about change in organizations and environments. It is the seminal explanation of evolutionary processes of organizational change. With the growing interest in evolutionary models of change, this classic becomes increasingly relevant and influential." (Andrew H. Van de Ven University of Minnesota)

"Aldrich's important classic, Organizations and Environments, introduced organizational sociology to the ecological perspective while simultaneously addressing the dynamics of political and societal issues. It strongly advanced the field during the late 20th century and warrants re-reading. Organizations and Environments focused needed attention on external resources and developments that impact the behavior of organizations, while also integrating its innovative perspective with a variety of other analytical frameworks. It is a major contribution to the study of organizations." (Paul M. Hirsch Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University)

"No organizational scholar's education is complete until she has read Howard Aldrich's lucid, provocative, classic Organizations and Environments. Aldrichís prescient book shows us how organizations are shaped by their environments, and how the organizational population evolves through selection, retention, and variation in form. Time has proven Aldrich's insights about relations between firms and changing firm boundaries to be right on the money, making the book more timely than ever." (Frank Dobbin Harvard University)

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