Rethinking Institutions and Organizations

15 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2014

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Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

C. R. Hinings

Independent

Dave Whetten

Brigham Young University

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

In this Point–Counterpoint article we argue that institutional scholarship has become overly concerned with explaining institutions and institutional processes, notably at the level of the organization field, rather than with using them to explain and understand organizations. Especially missing is an attempt to gain a coherent, holistic account of how organizations are structured and managed. We also argue that when institutional theory does give attention to organizations it inappropriately treats them as though they are the same, or at least as though any differences are irrelevant for purposes of theory. We propose a return to the study of organizations with an emphasis upon comparative analysis, and suggest the institutional logics perspective as an appropriate means for doing so.

Keywords: comparative analysis, institutional logics, institutions, organizations

Suggested Citation

Greenwood, Royston and Hinings, C. R. and Whetten, Dave, Rethinking Institutions and Organizations (November 2014). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 51, Issue 7, pp. 1206-1220, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2514078 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12070

Royston Greenwood (Contact Author)

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

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

C. R. Hinings

Independent

Dave Whetten

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602
United States

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