How Objects Shape Logics in Construction

Kjell Tryggestad, Susse Georg

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The notion of institutional logics is a key tenet in institutional theory but few studies have attended to the micro‐foundations of logics. The sociology of associations is used to explore the micro‐foundations of logics, their emergence and temporal–spatial importance. A case study of the construction of the skyscraper, ‘Turning Torso’, in Malmö city, shows how technical objects and actions implicated in the material practices of building construction shape logics and identities associated with professions, economy, market, science and design. We summarize our findings by theorizing logics and identities as emergent and contingent outcomes of the material practices of building construction. The argument is concluded by considering the building construction as a materially mediated meaning structure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCulture and Organization
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)181-197
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Institutional Logics
  • Skyscrapers
  • Construction
  • Actor‐Network Theory
  • Sociology of Associations

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