Problematizing actors and institutions in institutional work

  • Hwang H
  • Colyvas J
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Abstract

The growing popularity of institutional work suggests a broad agentic turn in institutional approaches to organizational studies. We briefly describe the contribution of the evolving institutional-work research agenda. Then, we identify two problematic areas in this line of research: the privileged causal status of " actors " and the under-theorized nature of institutions. We suggest that re-engagement with insights of the earlier, foundational work in neo-institutional theory would benefit this emerging research agenda.

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  • actor(s)
  • institution(s)
  • institutional theory
  • institutional work

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Authors

  • Hokyu Hwang

  • Jeannette A. Colyvas

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