From Interactions to Institutions: Microprocesses of Framing and Mechanisms for the Structuring of Institutional Fields
Forthcoming in Academy of Management Review, January 2015
29 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2014 Last revised: 28 Apr 2015
Date Written: August 30, 2014
Despite the centrality of meaning to institutionalization, little attention has been paid to how meanings evolve and amplify to become institutionalized cultural conventions. We develop an interactional framing perspective to explain the microprocesses and mechanisms by which this occurs. We identify three amplification processes and three ways frames stack up or laminate that become the building blocks for diffusion and institutionalization of meanings within organizations and fields. Although we focus on the “bottom-up” dynamics, we argue that framing occurs in a politicized social context and is inherently bi-directional in line with structuration because micro-level interactions instantiate macro structures. We consider how our approach complements other theories of meaning-making, its utility for informing related theoretical streams and its implications for organizing at the meso and macro levels.
Keywords: Institutions, frames, framing, structuration, Goffman, Giddens, logics, mechanisms, institutional change and maintenance, model
JEL Classification: M00
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