Institutional Work: Current Research, New Directions and Overlooked Issues

Thomas B. Lawrence, Bernard Leca, Tammar B. Zilber

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The study of institutional work has emerged as a dynamic research domain within organization studies. In this essay, we situate the papers published in the Special Issue. We first review the evolution of institutional work as a scholarly conversation within organization studies. We then introduce the papers in the Special Issue, focusing in particular on where they fit into the current scholarly conversation and how they move us in important new directions. Finally, we discuss a set of neglected issues that deserve further attention.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1023-1033
Number of pages11
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • institutional work
  • institutions
  • materiality
  • reflexivity
  • work


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