Institutions and Work

Posted: 20 May 2013 Last revised: 23 May 2013

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Bill Kaghan

City University of Seattle

Michael Lounsbury

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: May 17, 2010

Abstract

In this article, we argue that the flowering conversation under the label of “institutional work” can be productively enriched by segregating the notions of “institutions” and “work, and by engaging more fully with both micro- and macro-sociological contributions of the “old institutionalism.” We illustrate the value of these extensions by discussing three areas of theoretical and empirical interest: methodological groupism, the relationship between social structure and social process at both micro and macro levels, and the relationship between social analysis and social critique. By pursuing these directions, we believe the notion of institutional work can avoid conflation with variants of methodological individualism, and might usefully contribute to ongoing conversations about agency across the social sciences.

Keywords: institutions, work, occupations, power

Suggested Citation

Kaghan, Bill and Lounsbury, Michael, Institutions and Work (May 17, 2010). Journal of Management Inquiry 2011 20: 73; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266666

Bill Kaghan (Contact Author)

City University of Seattle ( email )

521 Wall Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121
United States

Michael Lounsbury

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

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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