Microfoundations for Institutional Theory?

Teppo Felin, Nicolai J. Foss

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The authors discuss the microfoundations of institutional theory, specifically as microfoundations are manifested in this volume of Research in the Sociology of Organizations. The authors argue that the main interest seems to be in better understanding macrofoundations: top-down forces from institutions to actors. Furthermore, throughout the volume institutions themselves are definitionally layered – in problematic ways – with a large array of other macroconstructs, including fields, logics, practices, habitus, situations, routines, and so forth. The authors argue that there is an opportunity to more carefully delineate microfoundations for institutional theory, by focusing on lower-level heterogeneity, agency, as well as the aggregate and emergent social processes that animate microfoundational explanation.
TitelMicrofoundations of Institutions
RedaktørerPatrick Haack, Jost Sieweke, Lauri Wessel
Antal sider16
Udgivelses stedBingley
ForlagEmerald Group Publishing
ISBN (Trykt)9781787691285
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781787691278
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Udgivet eksterntJa
NavnResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


  • Microfoundations
  • Organization theory
  • Institutional theory
  • Strategy
  • Economics
  • Sociology


Felin, T., & Foss, N. J. (2019). Microfoundations for Institutional Theory? I P. Haack, J. Sieweke, & L. Wessel (red.), Microfoundations of Institutions (s. 393-408). Emerald Group Publishing. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Bind. 65B https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X2019000065B031