What are Institutional Logics: And Where is the Perspective Taking Us?

Christina Berg Johansen, Susanne Boch Waldorff

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This study presents new insights into the explanatory power of the institutional logics perspective. With outset in a discussion of seminal theory texts, we identify two fundamental topics that frame institutional logics: overarching institutional orders guides by institutional logics, as well as change and agency generated by friction between logics. We use these topics as basis for an analysis of selected empirical papers, with the aim of understanding how institutional logics contribute to institutional theory at large, and which social matters institutional logics can and cannot explore and explain.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015: Opening Governance - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 Aug 201511 Aug 2015
Conference number: 75


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015
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  • Institutional logics
  • Institutional orders
  • Institutional change
  • Agency
  • Theory development

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