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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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The Long Walk to Aleppo

The Long Walk to Aleppo

Institutional Myths, Inhabited Institutions, and Ideals in the Real World

(p.134) 9 The Long Walk to Aleppo
Institutions and Organizations

Mark de Rond

Tim Hallett

Oxford University Press

On December 26, 2016, several hundred people left a disused Berlin airport to walk some 2,100 miles to Aleppo as an expression of solidarity with civilians suffering in Syria while calling for an end to the war. Some would stay the course for the nearly eight months it ultimately took, whereas others joined the Civil March for Aleppo for short periods. In this chapter, we explore what the march can tell us about the relation between processes and institutions by focusing on a contentious episode. When the marchers realized they might not be able to continue walking upon reaching Turkey, they had to confront a question that had never collectively been settled: Was this ultimately a march for or to Aleppo? Drawing from old, new, and inhabited institutionalism, we explore the causes and consequences of this episode and re-examine assumptions of loose and tight coupling in organizations.

Keywords:   institutions, process, ethnography, institutionalism, loose coupling, tight coupling

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