The Immateriality of Material Practices in Institutional Logics

Candace Jones, Eva Boxenbaum, Callen Anthony

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According to most theoretical formulations, institutional logics contain both an ideational and a material dimension. Whereas the ideational aspect, such as cognitive frames and symbols, has received significant attention in the growing literature on institutional logics, the material aspect has remained largely invisible and often implicit. We analyze the 16 most central theoretical and empirical works on institutional logics with the aim of exploring how the material dimension of logics has been conceptualized and researched. Our findings suggest that materiality has been interpreted primarily as practices and structures, and rarely as physical objects. We explore some consequences of omitting physical materials as an object of study in institutional logics research and point to avenues for future research that may enhance theory development of institutional logics by explicitly attending to the role of materials.
TitelInstitutional Logics in Action, Part A
RedaktørerMichael Lounsbury, Eva Boxenbaum
Udgivelses stedBingley
ForlagEmerald Group Publishing
ISBN (Trykt)9781781909188
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781781909195
StatusUdgivet - 2013
NavnResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Vol/bind39 Part A


  • Institutional logics
  • Institutional complexity
  • Practice
  • Materiality


Jones, C., Boxenbaum, E., & Anthony, C. (2013). The Immateriality of Material Practices in Institutional Logics. I M. Lounsbury, & E. Boxenbaum (red.), Institutional Logics in Action, Part A (s. 51-75). Emerald Group Publishing. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Bind. 39 Part A