Isomorphism and external support in conflicting institutional environments: a study of drug abuse treatment units.

Thomas D'Aunno, R. I. Sutton, R. H. Price

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Using institutional theory, we developed predictions about organizational units that moved from an environment making consistent demands to one making conflicting demands. Many community mental health centers have diversified into drug abuse treatment. The units providing those services face conflicting demands from the traditional mental health sector and the new drug abuse treatment sector about which clients to serve, how to assess their problems, and who should provide treatment. We propose that in response to such demands these units will adopt apparently conflicting practices. Also, isomorphism with the traditional sector will be positively associated with external support from parent mental health centers and other actors in the mental health sector. Results generally support those predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)636-661
Number of pages26
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume34
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1991

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Isomorphism and external support in conflicting institutional environments : a study of drug abuse treatment units. / D'Aunno, Thomas; Sutton, R. I.; Price, R. H.

In: Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 34, No. 3, 09.1991, p. 636-661.

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