The Recursive Nature of Institutional Change: An Annales School Perspective
Journal of Management Inquiry, Forthcoming
42 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2016 Last revised: 23 Jul 2016
Date Written: July 6, 2016
In this essay, we propose a recursive model of institutional change building on the Annales School, one of the 20th century’s most influential streams of historical research. Our model builds upon three concepts from the Annales — mentalities, levels of time, and critical events — to explore how punctual disruptions affect different dimensions of institutional logics and exert short- or long-range influences. On these bases, organizations make choices, from decoupling to more radical shifts in logics, leading to severe institutional changes that become a matter of history. As much as organizations are influenced by their times and the prevalent institutional logics, their choices trigger macro-level changes in a recursive manner. More broadly, we comment on how fruitful it our approach to historicize organization studies.
Keywords: Annales School; Institutional change; Institutional Logics; Events
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