Preserving a Professional Institution: Emotion in Discursive Institutional Work

Journal of Management Studies, Forthcoming

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper

Posted: 6 Dec 2019

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Elizabeth Goodrick

Florida Atlantic University - Department of Industry Studies

Lee C. Jarvis

Independent

Trish Reay

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: September 30, 2019

Abstract

We studied the discursive institutional work written by pharmacy leaders as part of a larger institutional project to preserve the institution of pharmacy. Our analysis of monthly editorials printed in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association from 1960 to 2003 shows how different discrete emotions were systematically incorporated in specific rhetorical argument structures over the course of an institutional project. In contrast to previous research, we show how discursive institutional work that is directed to members of the same specific social group (e.g., a profession) can vary over time in response to significant events and changes in practices of the target audience. Our longitudinal study shows that the relative frequency of argument types, the incorporation of emotion, and the content of rhetorical argumentation changed over time. We contribute to theory about the role of emotions in discursive institutional work by unpacking the role of discrete emotions and showing how such discourse evolves over time in concert with field conditions.

Keywords: emotions, institutional work, professionals, rhetoric

Suggested Citation

Goodrick, Elizabeth and Jarvis, Lee C. and Reay, Trish, Preserving a Professional Institution: Emotion in Discursive Institutional Work (September 30, 2019). Journal of Management Studies, Forthcoming, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3499053

Elizabeth Goodrick

Florida Atlantic University - Department of Industry Studies ( email )

College of Business
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, 33431
United States

Lee C. Jarvis

Independent

Trish Reay (Contact Author)

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

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
780-492-4246 (Phone)
780-492-3325 (Fax)

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