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Peter Dahler-Larsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776929

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.001.0001

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Evaluation in the Institutionalized Organization

Evaluation in the Institutionalized Organization

(p.65) 2 Evaluation in the Institutionalized Organization
The Evaluation Society
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This chapter serves as a detailed analysis of the underlying purpose of institutionalized organization for evaluation. It pinpoints specific occurrences in evaluation that have institutional logics, while putting forward the thesis that a certain element is taken for granted due to the support it receives from values, norms, and other legitimacy sources. This chapter also stresses the fact that evaluation in institutions might not even be a conscious “decision”; rather, it might simply be a practice that is done because it seems to be the right thing for contemporary organizations to do.

Keywords:   institutionalized organization, evaluation, institutional logics, legitimacy sources

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