In and Between Societies: Reconnecting Comparative Institutionalism and Organization Theory

Jasper Hotho, Ayse Saka-Helmhout

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    Recently, the state and future of organization theory have been widely debated. In this Perspectives issue, we aim to contribute to these debates by suggesting that organizational scholarship may benefit from greater understanding and consideration of societal institutions and their effects on the collective organizing of work. We also illustrate that the literature on comparative institutionalism, a strand of institutional thought with a rich tradition within Organization Studies, provides useful insights into these relations. We highlight several of these insights and briefly introduce the articles collected in the associated Perspectives issue of Organization Studies on comparative institutionalism1. We end with a call for greater cross-fertilization between comparative institutionalism and organization theory at large.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOrganization Studies
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)647-666
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - May 2017


    • Comparative institutionalism
    • Organization theory
    • Organization studies

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