History, Society, and Institutions: The Role of Collective Memory in the Emergence and Evolution of Societal Logics

Forthcoming in Academy of Management Review (doi: 10.5465/amr.2014.0183)

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2015-909

62 Pages Posted: 14 May 2016 Last revised: 26 May 2016

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William C. Ocasio

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Michael Mauskapf

Columbia Business School

Christopher Steele

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: September 19, 2015

Abstract

We examine the role of history in organization studies by theorizing how collective memory shapes societal institutions and the logics that govern them. Rather than a historical ideal types, we propose that societal logics are historically constituted cultural structures, generated through the collective memory of historical events. We then develop a theoretical model to explain how the representation, storage, and retrieval of collective memory lead to the emergence of societal logics. In turn, societal logics shape memory-making, and the reproduction and reconstruction of history itself. To illustrate our theory we discuss the rise of the corporate logic in the United States. In addition, we identify two sources of discontinuity that can disrupt this memory-making process and create notable disjunctures in the evolution of societal logics. We conclude by discussing how changes in collective memory and the historical trajectory of societal logics shape organizational forms and practices.

Keywords: collective memory, history, institutional logics, society

Suggested Citation

Ocasio, William C. and Mauskapf, Michael and Steele, Christopher, History, Society, and Institutions: The Role of Collective Memory in the Emergence and Evolution of Societal Logics (September 19, 2015). Forthcoming in Academy of Management Review (doi: 10.5465/amr.2014.0183), University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2015-909, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2779649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2779649

William C. Ocasio

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Michael Mauskapf

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