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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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Bringing Process into Structure

Bringing Process into Structure

Combining Network Analyses with Process Lenses to Explore Field-Level Evolution and Changes

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Institutions and Organizations

Amalya L. Oliver

Oxford University Press

A review of the organizational literature on field-level institutional processes and the literature on interorganizational networks shows very limited cross-references. Thus, studies on institutional processes do not benefit from the potential contribution of process-related network research. In this chapter, Oliver reviews studies of field-level institutional process and field evolution and related structural concepts in network research. She then offers an initial contribution toward an integration of these two theoretical domains and proposes ways in which empirical research can help to develop this integration. She shows that organizational fields emerge from various interrelations between actors and they change over time as these relations change, new actors enter the field, and others leave. Thus, the ability to follow changes in the network structure of the field over time, coupled with qualitative analysis of actors’ activities, can depict the process of field evolution and changes over time as process and structure are interrelated.

Keywords:   evolution, field, institutional process, network, structure

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