Microfoundations for Institutional Theory?

Teppo Felin, Nicolai J. Foss

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The authors discuss the microfoundations of institutional theory, specifically as microfoundations are manifested in this volume of Research in the Sociology of Organizations. The authors argue that the main interest seems to be in better understanding macrofoundations: top-down forces from institutions to actors. Furthermore, throughout the volume institutions themselves are definitionally layered – in problematic ways – with a large array of other macroconstructs, including fields, logics, practices, habitus, situations, routines, and so forth. The authors argue that there is an opportunity to more carefully delineate microfoundations for institutional theory, by focusing on lower-level heterogeneity, agency, as well as the aggregate and emergent social processes that animate microfoundational explanation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrofoundations of Institutions
EditorsPatrick Haack, Jost Sieweke, Lauri Wessel
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9781787691285
ISBN (Electronic)9781787691278
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
SeriesResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


  • Microfoundations
  • Organization theory
  • Institutional theory
  • Strategy
  • Economics
  • Sociology

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