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Institutions and Organizations: A Process View

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


Institutions—the structures, practices, and meanings that define what people and organizations think, do, and aspire to—are created through process. They are “work in progress” that involves continual efforts to maintain, modify, or disturb them. Institutional logics are also in motion, holding varying degrees of dominance that change over time. This volume brings together two streams of thought within organization theory—institutional theory and process perspective—to advocate for stronger process ontology that highlights institutions as emergent, generative, political, and social. A stronger ... More

Keywords: institutions, organization theory, institutional theory, process perspective, institutional logics

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trish Reay, editor
Professor in Strategic Management and Organization, School of Business, University of Alberta

Tammar B. Zilber, editor
Associate Professor of Organization Theory, Jerusalem School of Business, The Hebrew University

Ann Langley, editor
Professor of Management, HEC Montreal

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1 Introduction: Institutions and Organizations

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

2 Working Institutions

Stephen R. Barley

8 The Interpretation of Design-Based Cues

Micki Eisenman, Michal Frenkel, and Varda Wasserman

9 The Long Walk to Aleppo

Mark de Rond and Tim Hallett

11 Making and Regulating Business Judgment

Terry McNulty and Abigail Stewart

13 Data as Process

Matthew Jones, Alan F. Blackwell, Karl Prince, Sallyanne Meakins, Alexander Simpson, and Alain Vuylsteke

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