Institutions and Actorhood as Co-constitutive and Co-constructed: The Argument and Areas for Future Research

Renate E. Meyer*, Eero Vaara

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We argue that in order to overcome the reductionism and essentialism in institutional theory there is a need to acknowledge that institutions and social actors are co-constitutive and co-constructed in processes of communication. We elaborate this argument by drawing on the phenomenological foundation of institutional theory and point to promising areas of future research: the multimodal nature of institutions, the mediated and mediatized character of modern communication, and the contestedness of all social orders and their legitimation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)898-910
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

Published online: 31 January 2020


  • actorhood
  • co-constitution
  • communication
  • discourse
  • institutional theory
  • legitimacy
  • multimodality

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