‘Believe it or Not’: An Organizational-Level Cascade Model for Dealing with Institutional Complexity

  • Ali Aslan Guemuesay (Speaker)
  • Meyer, R. E. (Speaker)
  • Markus A. Höllerer (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


Contribution to the symposium "Values-Driven Organizing". There has been renewed attention to values in both business and politics. Organizations are making claims of their commitment to societally-relevant values, and using them to define and explain organizational actions (Grimes, Gehman, & Cao, 2018; Kraatz & Block, 2017). Corporations are increasingly pursuing purpose beyond profits, seeking to establish genuine values that they enact through their choices (Business-Roundtable, 2019; Finanacial-Times, 2019; Grimes et al., 2018). Political parties and movements have likewise shown renewed interest in embracing strong shared values to create emotional energy and foster a shared identity that attract potential supporters (Berezin, 2002; Jasper, 2011). These developments have been mirrored in academic research, with burgeoning work on how values underpin organizational action and identification. Investigating values in organizations can help direct our attention to moral concerns and help generate contributions with greater societal impact (Bansal, 2003; Ferraro, Etzion, & Gehman, 2015). This symposium contributes to the growing stream of institutional literature on values in organizations. We focus on values-driven organizing as processes and practices of organizations that leverage values to inform their choices, motivate membership, and create active stakeholder engagement.
Period10 Aug 2020
Event titleThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020: Broadening Our Sight
Event typeConference
Conference number80
OrganiserAcademy of Management
Degree of RecognitionInternational