Cleaning Up the Water Law of British Columbia: A Problemistic Approach to Rule Changes
Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2008
7 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2013
Date Written: Dec 1, 2007
Most models of institutional change (e.g.,Dacin, Goodstein, & Scott, 2002) rely on the presence of powerful agents intent on changing the institutions. Few institutional change studies concern situations where powerful agents are absent or do not pursue change. In this paper, we argue that institutional change is also driven, at least in part, by the problems that institutional rules experience. Thus, this research departs from prior studies on institutional rules in three ways. First, we move our analysis to the level of institutional rules. Second, we broaden the focus to include a range of rules, regardless of the attention they receive from powerful interests. Third, we approach institutional rule change from a ‘problemistic’ (i.e., problem-oriented) perspective, building on Carnegie models that stress the role of problems in organizational search and adaptation (Cyert and March, 1963; Jennings , Schulz, Patient, Gravel, Yuan, 2005). In particular, we explore three problem-related mechanisms: problem attraction, problem recognition, and problem engagement. .
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