A Gap Year for Institutional Theory: Integrating the Study of Institutional Work and Participatory Action Research

Dover, Graham and Lawrence, Thomas B. (2010) A Gap Year for Institutional Theory: Integrating the Study of Institutional Work and Participatory Action Research. Journal of Management Inquiry, 19 (4). pp. 305-316.

Abstract

Institutional theory has energized a large and vibrant academic community, but it is largely unknown to managers and inconsequential with respect to the management of organizations. This is despite what the authors believe is an immense potential practical contribution. In this article, the authors suggest that institutional theory needs a gap year—a period in which core frameworks and insights from an institutional perspective are brought into contact with complex social problems. The authors focus on the study of institutional work and argue that an extended encounter with the world of participatory action research could lead to new answers to key questions and energize the development of institutional theory as both an academic and a practical project.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: institutional theory; institutional work; participatory action research
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 14:05
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2015 13:47
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5486

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