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Institutions and OrganizationsA Process View$
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Trish Reay, Tammar B. Zilber, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843818.001.0001

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Introduction: Institutions and Organizations

Introduction: Institutions and Organizations

A Process View

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Institutions and Organizations
Institutions and Organizations

Trish Reay

Tammar B. Zilber

Ann Langley

Haridimos Tsoukas

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   institutions, process, strong process view, diffusion, translation, institutional dynamics, institutional theory

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