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

Dana B. Minbaeva*, Alena Ledeneva, Maral Muratbekova-Touron, Sven Horak

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The paper unpacks 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
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)556-574
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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Published online: 25 Mar 2022.


  • Informal institutions
  • Informal networks
  • Informality
  • Network typology
  • Institutional dynamics

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