Formal Organization as a Cultural Form in World Society
John W. Meyer, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford/CA
The cultural roots of the global expansion of formal organization since World War II are analyzed - especially in science, human rights, and education.
Implications for the cultural character of organizations in the state, the economy, and civil society are discussed.
John W. Meyer is Professor of Sociology,
emeritus, at Stanford. He studies the impact of global society on national societies (some papers are collected in Weltkultur: Wie die westlichen Prinzipien die Welt durchdringen, 2005;
a more extensive set is in World Society: The Writings of John W. Meyer, 2009).