In this paper, I discuss the possibility of creating a more fruitful conversation between institutional logics and institutional work as two central streams within institutional theory. I begin by situating each of these lines of theorizing within their respective intellectual traditions. I then elaborate on their core arguments alongside their theoretical assumptions. Specifically, I articulate how they each highlight some aspects of institutional dynamics while disregarding or downplaying others. Finally, I point to some similarities, differences, and possible analytic division of labor between them. I conclude by arguing that the tension between institutional logics and institutional work, as two frameworks for conceptualizing and exploring institutional dynamics, is the most recent incarnation of a long series of theoretical conundrums within neo-institutionalism, each triggering deep and ongoing discussions that enriched our thinking. As such, this tension is welcome and important, as long as each stream is able to define its own boundaries.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|
|Publisher||Emerald Group Holdings Ltd.|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - 2013|
|Name||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|
|Volume||39 Part A|
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© 2013 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
- Institutional logics
- Institutional work