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The Institutional Logics Perspective: A New Approach to Culture, Structure and Process

Patricia H. Thornton, William Ocasio, and Michael Lounsbury


How do institutions influence and shape cognition and action in individuals and organizations, and how are they in turn shaped by them? Various social science disciplines have offered a range of theories and perspectives to provide answers to this question. Within organization studies in recent years, several scholars have developed the institutional logics perspective. An institutional logic is the set of material practices and symbolic systems including assumptions, values, and beliefs by which individuals and organizations provide meaning to their daily activity, organize time and space, an ... More

Keywords: institutional logics perspective, institutional theory, institutional analysis, institutional logic, institutional entrepreneurship, institutions and cognition, institutional change, institutional stability, practices, identities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia H. Thornton, author
Adjunct Professor and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and Affiliate Faculty, Program on Organizations, Business, and Economy, Department of Sociology, Stanford University

William Ocasio, author
John L. and Helen Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Michael Lounsbury, author
Alex Hamilton Professor, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta