I greatly appreciate the research grants provided by the National Science Foundation to myself and several co-investigators to conduct the National Associations Survey, two National Policy Domain Studies, and two National Organizations Studies. Grants-in-aid from the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts and Graduate School supported research on the global information sector, and a single-quarter leave and a sabbatical gave me time to begin and to finish writing this book.
During the many years this project gestated, I benefited greatly from the steadfast counsel of talented editorial staff at Westview Press: Jill Rothenberg, Margaret Loftus, Lisa Wigutoff, Adina Popescu, Andrew Day, David McBride, Michelle Trader, and Sharon DeJohn. Sage advice from series editors Scott McNall and Charles Tilly and from manuscript reviewers Dan Chambliss and John Lie significantly enhanced the final product.
I owe an immense intellectual debt to the authors of the countless articles, chapters, reports, and books cited in this volume, which taught me almost everything I know about organization studies. I especially thank my collegial friends who read individual chapters and gave much encouragement and many useful suggestions, which I tried to incorporate, not always successfully: Howard Aldrich, Paul Burstein, Joseph Galaskiewicz, Anne Genereux, Arne Kalleberg, Naomi Kaufman, Patrick Kenis, David Krackhardt, Nicole Raeburn, Verta Taylor, Emanuela Todeva, Andrew Van de Ven, and Song Yang.
Most important, I am grateful to Margaret Frances Knoke for her exceptional editorial work on the manuscript, which vastly improved its quality; for sharing her passionate and brilliant insights about organizational life; and, best of all, for being a wonderful daughter to Joann and me.
June 19, 2000