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Categories and Forms

Donn, Vic and Tiki Bar Authenticity (with Dennis Ray Wheaton). Consumption Markets & Culture, 2 (2018): 157-182.
Where Did “Tex-Mex” Come From? The Divisive Emergence of a Social Category (with Dennis Ray Wheaton). Research in Organizational Behavior, 37 (2017): 143-166.
Conflicting Social Codes and Organizations: Hygiene and Authenticity in Consumer Evaluations of Restaurants (with David W. Lehman and Balázs Kovács). Management Science, 60 (2014): 2602-2617 .
Authenticity and Consumer Value Ratings: Empirical Tests from the Restaurant Domain (with Balázs Kovács and David W. Lehman). Organization Science, 25 (2014): 458-478.
Challenger Groups, Commercial Organizations, and Policy Enactment: An Empirical Study of Local Lesbian/Gay Rights Ordinances (with Giacomo Negro and Fabrizzio Perritti). American Journal of Sociology, 119 (2013): 790–832.
Restaurant Organizational Forms and Community in the U.S. in 2005 (with Magnus Thor Torfason). City & Community, 10 (2011): 1-24.
Organizational Form Emergence and Competing Professional Schemata of Dutch Accounting, 1884-1939 (with Sandy Bogaert and Christophe Boone). Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 31 (2010): 15-150.
Organizational Evolution with Fuzzy Technological Formats: Tape Drive Producers in the World Market, 1951-1998 (with Mi Feng, Gaël Le Mens, and David G. McKendrick). In Categories in Markets: Origins and Evolution (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 31), eds. G. Hsu, G. Negro, and Ö. Koçak, 203-233. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2010.
Logics of Organization Theory: Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies (with Michael T. Hannan and László Pólos). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007. | Amazon | Publisher | Google Books | Goodreads

Logics of Organization Theory sets forth and applies a new language for theory building based on a non-monotonic logic and fuzzy set theory. In doing so, not only does it mark a major advance in organizational theory, but it also draws lessons for theory building elsewhere in the social sciences.  Organizational research typically analyzes organizations in categories such as “bank,” “hospital,” or “university.” These categories have been treated as crisp analytical constructs designed by researchers. But sociologists increasingly view categories as constructed by audiences. This book builds on cognitive psychology and anthropology to develop an audience-based theory of organizational categories. It applies this framework and the new language of theory building to organizational ecology. It reconstructs and integrates four central theory fragments, and in so doing reveals unexpected connections and new insights.

In the Bud? Analysis of Disk Array Producers as a (Possibly) Emergent Organizational Form (with David G. McKendrick, Jonathan Jaffee, and Olga Khessina). Administrative Science Quarterly, 48 (2003): 60-93.
Foundations of a Theory of Social Forms (with László Pólos and Michael T. Hannan). Industrial and Corporate Change, 11 (2002): 85-115.
On the Genesis of Organizational Forms: Evidence from the Market for Disk Arrays (with David G. McKendrick). Organization Science, 12 (2001): 661-682.