The Global Financial Crisis: An Institutional Theory Analysis

Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2, pp. 26-35, 2009

10 Pages Posted: 12 May 2009

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Suhaib Riaz

University of Massachusetts Boston - College of Management

Date Written: April 2009

Abstract

Purpose - This paper seeks to provide insights into the current global financial crisis from an institutional theory perspective.

Design/methodology/approach - The paper presents the development of key concepts using institutional theory, grounded in a discussion of the context of the current global financial crisis.

Findings - The interplay of financial industry organizations and formal and informal institutions is key to understanding the creation of the crisis.

Research limitations/implications - The treatment is brief but serves to provoke further research on the global financial crisis through applying and extending new institutional theory.

Practical implications - Fundamental aspects of the crisis need to be understood with respect to the organizational-institutional interplay involving the financial industry. This would help to reveal the general pattern of such crises and also point towards what needs to be taken into account for potential solutions.

Originality/value - The paper has value for researchers as it opens up a discussion of the current crisis from an institutional theory perspective. Fresh concepts introduced here could be extended further and inform institutional theory in general. The paper has value for policy makers and practitioners in helping them understand the fundamentals of the organizational-institutional interplay underlying the current crisis.

Keywords: Recession, Financial institutions, Organizational structure

JEL Classification: P12, N20, O16, P45

Suggested Citation

Riaz, Suhaib, The Global Financial Crisis: An Institutional Theory Analysis (April 2009). Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2, pp. 26-35, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1403086

Suhaib Riaz (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Boston - College of Management ( email )

Boston, MA
United States

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