Organizations and Their Institutional Environments - Bringing Meaning, Values, and Culture Back In: Introduction to the Special Research Forum

9 Pages Posted: 17 May 2013

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Roy Suddaby

Peter B Gustavson School of Business

Kimberly Elsbach

University of California, Davis

Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

John W. Meyer

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Tammar Zilber

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Date Written: May 16, 2010

Abstract

This special issue had it roots in a symposium organized by Tammar Zilber and Roy Suddaby for the Academy of Management 2003 annual meetings in Seattle. The symposium was titled "Reclaiming the Symbolic in Institutional Theory" and represented an effort to refocus research attention on the phenomenological aspects of institutions. At the time, we were aware of a growing interest in understanding institutions as, largely, cognitive-cultural constructions, or what Meyer, Boli, Thomas, and Ramirez termed "phenomenological macro-institutionalism" (1997:146). Institutions, in this view, involve collectively shared scripts, frames, and taken-for-granted assumptions (Boli & Thomas, 1999), and actors (individuals, organizations, or states) attain their agency substantially as a result of their embeddedness in culture (Meyer & Jepperson, 2000). Modern organizations themselves thus reflect the intensive cultural rationalization of the contemporary world in their constitutive structures.

Suggested Citation

Suddaby, Roy Robert and Elsbach, Kimberly and Greenwood, Royston and Meyer, John W. and Zilber, Tammar, Organizations and Their Institutional Environments - Bringing Meaning, Values, and Culture Back In: Introduction to the Special Research Forum (May 16, 2010). University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266086 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2266086

Roy Robert Suddaby (Contact Author)

Peter B Gustavson School of Business ( email )

Victoria, British Columbia
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Kimberly Elsbach

University of California, Davis

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Royston Greenwood

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

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

John W. Meyer

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Tammar Zilber

Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )

IL Jerusalem

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