New Institutionalism: Roots and Buds

M@n@gement, Vol. 15, No. 5, 459-467, 2012

Posted: 30 Mar 2013 Last revised: 27 May 2013

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Bernard Forgues

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Ignasi Marti

Independent

Philippe Monin

EM Lyon (Ecole de Management de Lyon)

Peter Walgenbach

University of Erfurt

Date Written: March 28, 2012

Abstract

The roots of the new institutional theory are well known (Scott, 2008). Meyer and Rowan (1977) undermined the (then) prevailing imagery of organizations as quasi-rational actors navigating economic and technical contingencies, showing instead that organizations are influenced by socio-cultural and cognitive (institutional) factors that prescribe and proscribe appropriate behavior. Organizations conform to institutional prescriptions because doing so provides social approval (legitimacy) and enhances organizational survival. DiMaggio and Powell (1983) took these ideas forward by elaborating three mechanisms — coercive, normative, and mimetic — by which institutional demands are diffused. They also foregrounded the organizational field as an appropriate level of analysis for observing and exploring these processes and effects.

Suggested Citation

Forgues, Bernard and Greenwood, Royston and Marti, Ignasi and Monin, Philippe and Walgenbach, Peter, New Institutionalism: Roots and Buds (March 28, 2012). M@n@gement, Vol. 15, No. 5, 459-467, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2241225

Bernard Forgues (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Ignasi Marti

Independent

Philippe Monin

EM Lyon (Ecole de Management de Lyon) ( email )

23 Av. Guy de Collongue
Ecully (Lyon), 69130
France

Peter Walgenbach

University of Erfurt ( email )

Internationales Buro
Nordhaeuser Str. 63
D - 99089 Erfurt
Germany

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