Not too much to report on the home front, except that I’ve decided somewhat brashly to attend ASA this year. Now I just need to figure out where I’m staying, what events to attend, what would make the best Drek costume, etc. I’m looking forward to meeting (or at least, standing in the majestic presence of) the Soc blogging community.
Any advice for a 1st time ASA attendee with no paper to present and no particular agenda?
In other, unrelated news, James D. Thompson’s Organizations in Action is pretty stellar. Contingency theory is attributed to Thompson, which is seen as a precursor to resource dependence, but I see a lot more going on. For example, his analysis of the ambiguity of most “standards of desirability” (assessment metrics) strikes me as very neo-institutionalist. Here’s a nice quote:
“The controversy over maximizing and satisficing has pulled attention away from what is a more crucial problem, at least from the point of view of the organization, of how organizations keep score.”