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The Institutional Logics PerspectiveA New Approach to Culture, Structure and Process$
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Patricia H. Thornton, William Ocasio, and Michael Lounsbury

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601936.001.0001

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Dynamics of Organizational Practices and Identities

Dynamics of Organizational Practices and Identities

(p.128) Chapter 6 Dynamics of Organizational Practices and Identities
The Institutional Logics Perspective

Patricia H. Thornton

William Ocasio

Michael Lounsbury

Oxford University Press

This chapter builds on the model of microfoundations elaborated in Chapter 4 to develop a model of how different kinds of social interaction — for example decision making, sense making, and collective mobilization — mediate between institutional logics and the dynamics of identities and practices within and across organizations. The chapter bridges the literature on institutional logics, practice, and organizational identity; it links the organization and institutional field levels of analysis. It develops two novel process models to conceptualize organizational identity and practices as the key conceptual linkages between institutional logics and intra-organizational processes. The models are recursive in that institutional logics shape organizational identities and practices and vice versa.

Keywords:   decision making, sense making, collective mobilization, organizational identities, organizational practices, organizational field, institutional field, institutional logics, intra-organizational processes

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