The Temporal Dynamics of Institutionalization

Lawrence, Thomas B., Winn, Monika I. and Jennings, P. Devereaux (2001) The Temporal Dynamics of Institutionalization. Academy of Management Review, 26 (4). pp. 624-644.


In this article we reexamine the relationship between time and processes of institutionalization. We argue that pace and stability, two temporal dimensions of institutionalization, depend on the mechanism used by agents to support the institutionalization process. Drawing from the power literature, we develop four types of mechanisms—influence, force, discipline, and domination—and argue that (1) each type will produce a distinctive pattern of pace and stability, and (2) more complex patterns of pace and stability will result from the combined use of multiple mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Organizational sociology, Organizational behaviour, Organizational commitment, Organizational research, Industrial sociology, Influence (Psychology) Discipline, Dominance (Psychology), Control (Psychology)
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 13:20
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2016 17:37
Funders: N/A

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