Conceptual Metaphors in MicroFoundations of Institutional Theory

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The relationship between individuals and institutions is a core feature of the microfoundations of institutional theory. This chapter analyzes the role of conceptual metaphors, a standard ingredient of theory building, in shaping how we theorize this relationship. Using illustrations from the emergent literature on emotions in institutional theory, the author shows the significance of conceptual metaphors for theory building and argues for selecting conceptual metaphors that help craft a dynamic, recursive relationship between individuals and institutions, respecting core premises of institutional theory and offering new creative insights into this relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrofoundations of Institutions
EditorsPatrick Haak, Jost Sieweke, Lauri Wessel
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9781787691285
ISBN (Electronic)9781787691278, 9781787691292
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


  • Institutional theory
  • Microfoundations
  • Conceptual metaphors
  • Emotions
  • Theory building
  • Recursive

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