Introduction: Institutions and Organizations

Trish Reay, Tammar B. Zilber, Ann Langley, Haridimos Tsoukas

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Institutions—the taken-for-granted structures, practices, and meanings that define what people and organizations within their jurisdiction think, do, and aspire to—are all about process, even though this may not always have been evident in some of the institutional theory literature. In this introduction, the editors call for a strong process approach to institutional dynamics, one that highlights institutions as emergent, generative, political, and social. They first relate “weak” and “strong” process views with the two metaphors commonly used to explain institutionalization—diffusion and translation. After reviewing some of the recent developments within institutional theory that set the ground for a strong process view, they move to exemplify the potential of a strong process view for institutional theory. They then end the introduction with some suggestions that will contribute positively to the ongoing development of institutional theory through a strong process view.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationInstitutions and Organizations
Subtitle of host publicationA Process View
EditorsTrish Reay, Tammar B. Zilber
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780198843818
StatePublished - 2019


  • institutions, process, strong process view, diffusion, translation, institutional dynamics, institutional theory


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