The Institutional Logics Perspective: A New Approach to Culture, Structure and Process

Paperback | February 29, 2012

byPatricia H. Thornton, William Ocasio, Michael Lounsbury

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How do institutions influence and shape cognition and action in individuals and organizations, and how are they in turn shaped by them? Various social science disciplines have offered a range of theories and perspectives to provide answers to this question. Within organization studies inrecent years, several scholars have developed the institutional logics perspective. An institutional logic is the set of material practices and symbolic systems including assumptions, values, and beliefs by which individuals and organizations provide meaning to their daily activity, organize timeand space, and reproduce their lives and experiences. This approach affords significant insights, methodologies, and research tools, to analyze the multiple combinations of factors that may determine cognition, behaviour, and rationalities.In tracing the development of the institutional logics perspective from earlier institutional theory, the book analyzes seminal research, illustrating how and why influential works on institutional theory motivated a distinct new approach to scholarship on institutional logics. The book shows howthe institutional logics perspective transforms institutional theory. It presents novel theory, further elaborates the institutional logics perspective, and forges new linkages to key literatures on practice, identity, and social and cognitive psychology. It develops the microfoundations ofinstitutional logics and institutional entrepreneurship, proposing a set of mechanisms that go beyond meta-theory, integrating this work with macro theory on institutional logics into a cross-levels model of cultural heterogeneity. By incorporating current psychological understanding of human behaviour and linking it to sociological perspectives, it aims to provide an encompassing framework for institutional analysis, and to be an essential and accessible reference for scholars and advanced students of organizationalbehaviour, organization and management theory, business strategy, and cultural sociology.

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How do institutions influence and shape cognition and action in individuals and organizations, and how are they in turn shaped by them? Various social science disciplines have offered a range of theories and perspectives to provide answers to this question. Within organization studies inrecent years, several scholars have developed the...

Patricia H. Thornton is Adjunct Professor affiliated with the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Duke University Fuqua School of Business and affiliated faculty to the Program on Organizations, Business, and the Economy, Department of Sociology, Stanford University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199601941

ISBN - 13:9780199601943

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Institutional Logics Perspective2. Precursors to the Institutional Logics Perspective3. Defining the Inter-institutional System4. The Emergence, Stability and Change of the Inter-institutional System5. Micro-Foundations of Institutional Logics6. The Dynamics of Organizational Practices and Identities7. The Emergence and Evolution of Field-Level Logics8. Implications for Future Research