Explaining the Persistence of Informal Institutions: The Role of Informal Networks

Dana Minbaeva, Alena Ledeneva, Maral Muratbekova-Touron, Sven Horak

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In order to tackle the puzzle of the persistence of informal institutions in the face of formal institutions, we unpack the “black box” of informal institutions and theorize about the role of informal networks in channeling continuity and change in informal institutions. Specifically, we argue that when informal institutions are enacted by informal networks that are “relatively affective” and “relatively closed,” their persistence is higher than the persistence of informal institutions that are enacted by “relatively open” and “relatively instrumental” networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonja Taneja
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2022
Article number167
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022
Conference number: 82


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings


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