Walter W. Powell is professor of education and sociology, organizational behavior, management science and engineering, public policy, and communication at Stanford He works in the areas of organization theory, economic sociology, and the sociology of science. His interests focus on the processes through which knowledge is transferred across organizations, and the roles of networks in facilitating or hindering innovation and of institutions in codifying ideas. He is the author or editor of Books: The Culture and Commerce of Publishing, with Lewis Coser and Charles Kadushin (Basic Books, 1982); Getting into Print: The Decision-Making Process in Scholarly Publishing (University of Chicago Press, 1985); The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis, with Paul DiMaggio (University of Chicago Press, 1991); Private Action and the Public Good, with Elisabeth Clemens (Yale University Press, 1997); and The Nonprofit Sector, with Richard Steinberg (Yale University Press, 2006). His most recent book, with John Padgett, is The Emergence of Organizations and Markets (Princeton University Press, 2012). He received his PhD in sociology from Stony Brook University and previously taught at Yale, MIT, and the University of Arizona. He holds honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Copenhagen Business School, and the Helsinki School of Economics and is a foreign member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science.
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