Place and Institutional Work: Creating Housing for the Hard-to-House

Lawrence, Thomas B. and Dover, Graham (2015) Place and Institutional Work: Creating Housing for the Hard-to-House. Administrative Science Quarterly, 60 (3). pp. 371-410.

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The places in which organizational life occurs can have profound impacts on actors, actions and outcomes, but are largely ignored in organizational research. Drawing on ideas from social geography, we explore the roles that places play in institutional work. The context for our study is the domain of housing for the hard-to-house, within which we conducted two qualitative case studies: the establishment of Canada’s first residential and day-care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS, and the creation of a municipal program to provide temporary overnight accommodation in local churches. In examining these cases, we found that places played three key roles: places contained, mediated, and complicated institutional work. Each of these roles was associated with a distinct ontology of place: places as social enclosures, as signifiers, and as practical objects. Our findings have significant implications for how we understand the relationship between location and organizations, and allow us to develop a process model of places, institutions and institutional work.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: international business,
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 15:44
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2016 15:11
Funders: N/A

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