Combining Theory of Institutional Logics and Theory of Justification in Understanding Ambiguous Decision Making

Ann Westenholz

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I propose to understand decision making by combining theory of institutional logics (Friedland; Thornton, Ocasio & Lounsbury) and theory of justification (Boltanski and Thévenot). These two theoretical approaches are different but, at the same time, deal with the socially constructed plurality of the world nesting a macro-meso-micro level analysis. My argument is that both theories may learn from each other and enrich the study of ambiguous decision making. In the paper I describe, compare and combine the two theoretical approaches. I then illustrate the combined approach by a case where Chinese companies have located part of their business in Denmark. Finally I conclude and discuss why theory of institutional logics needs theory of justification and vice versa.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages51
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSociety - Conventions - Organizations 2013: Explorations of French Conventionalism in Bringing Society Back Into Organizational Analysis - Innsbruck, Austria
Duration: 11 Apr 201312 Apr 2013


WorkshopSociety - Conventions - Organizations 2013
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