My first experience in graduate school was studying a now mostly lost branch of economics called “Institutional Economics.” It was heavily influenced by both sociology and political science.
It studied the actual goal of institutions versus their stated goal. I wonder there if there is today a academic study of the difference between firms “mission statements” and their actual goals as seen by documented actions.
If there was a generalization one could make about large organizations/institutions it would be something like this. Most large institutions need to say they are focusing on one thing even though they are focusing on something else. For example, a corporation’s mission statement may say, “… our mission is to serve the customer,” or “our mission is to sell a safe product.” Corporation’s mostly do not focus on these issues.
It’s fun reading up on each new appointee to high levels in the Catholic Church as that institution struggles to change under the new Pope. The appointees are almost uniformly from a different faction within the institution than were those of the last two Popes. Yet, there are the proforma statements that church theology has not changed–everything is just as it was.
The link discusses the appointment of Rainer Maria Woelk to head Cologne Archdiocese, the wealthiest and most influential Diocese in Germany. Germany is the wealthiest country in Europe.
He is the kind of Cardinal who seems ready make more friendly toward gays. He works on this while maintaining the Church’s position has not changed.