The Recursive Nature of Institutional Change: An Annales School Perspective

Journal of Management Inquiry, Forthcoming

HEC Paris Research Paper No. SPE-2016-1159

42 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2016 Last revised: 23 Jul 2016

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Marco Clemente

HEC Paris - Strategy & Business Policy

Rodolphe Durand

HEC Paris - Strategy & Business Policy

Thomas J. Roulet

King's College London; University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: July 6, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Clemente, Marco and Durand, Rodolphe and Roulet, Thomas J., The Recursive Nature of Institutional Change: An Annales School Perspective (July 6, 2016). Journal of Management Inquiry, Forthcoming; HEC Paris Research Paper No. SPE-2016-1159. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2805362

Marco Clemente

HEC Paris - Strategy & Business Policy ( email )

Jouy-en-Josas Cedex, 78351
France

Rodolphe Durand (Contact Author)

HEC Paris - Strategy & Business Policy ( email )

Jouy-en-Josas Cedex, 78351
France

Thomas J. Roulet

King's College London ( email )

Strand
London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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