The study of institutional environments and organizational arrangements has been developed traditionally by different disciplines. For a long time, economists, sociologists, management scholars and political scientists have devoted efforts in the study of institutions and organizations. These efforts, however, have been conducted almost independently through different theoretical lenses. For instance, while scholars associated with organizational economics have largely focused on formal mechanisms to govern exchanges (such as explicit contracts and hierarchies), sociologists and other social theorists have stressed the role of informal mechanisms including trust-based networks, political relations, and social-cognitive processes.

Being interdisciplinary in nature, the Research Workshop on Institutions and Organizations (RWIO) is a joint endeavor led by eight research-oriented schools (University of São Paulo – USP, Insper, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul – UFMS, Universidade Estadual Paulista – Unesp, Universidade Estadual de Maringá – UEM, Universidade Federal do Reconcavo da Bahia – UFRB, Federal University of São Carlos – UFSCar and Facultad de Agronomía – UBA). The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from distinct academic traditions to discuss relevant issues of institutions and organizations. Although the Workshop is jointly organized by seven schools in Brazil, the organizers encourage the participation of scholars from all over the country, as well as from abroad.

Special Issue

In its fifteenth edition, the RWIO is a special issue dedicated to Contracts. The aim is to discuss the main theoretical advances and perspectives for future research in the field. In particular, it seeks to pay tribute to Kassia Watanabe, who dedicated her academic life to the study of contracts in agriculture.