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Studying institutional work in organizations: Uses and implications of ethnographic methodologies

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Purpose – In order to provide new and other directions to institutional studies in organization theory,
Lawrence and Suddaby forward the notion of institutional work of actors aimed at maintaining,
changing and disrupting institutions. The purpose of this paper is to further theory and method in
studying the institutional work of people in organizations.
Design/methodology/approach – Methodological insights from the ways in which theories of
human agency in institutional contexts have co-evolved with field study methodologies are analyzed in
related fields of research, particularly in sociology and anthropology.
Findings – The ways have been analyzed in which social theories of human agency in institutional
contexts and field methodology have co-evolved in an inter-disciplinary perspective. The analysis
shows how field methodologies may provide inspirations to theory and method in studying institutional
work.
Research limitations/implications – The findings suggest that institutional organization
research may prosper by grounding the study of institutional work on ethnographic methodologies.
Originality/value – This paper contributes methodological inspirations to studying organizational
actors’ work with accomplishing change and stability, which constitutes a comparatively
underexplored line of inquiry in organizational institutionalism.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Organizational Change Management
Vol/bind24
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)51-64
Antal sider14
ISSN0953-4814
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2011

    Forskningsområder

  • Organizational change, Ethnography, Sociology of work, Anthropology

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