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Uninhibited Institutionalisms

Alvesson, M., Hallett, T. & Spicer, A. (2019). Uninhibited Institutionalisms. Journal of Management Inquiry, 28(2), pp. 119-127. doi: 10.1177/1056492618822777


Institutional theory (IT) is a very influential set of approaches in organization studies. There is increasing critique that the set is becoming uninhibited: too broad, dispersed, and confusing. Efforts to rejuvinate the field(s) have led to all-embracing definitions and efforts to account for too much, which makes it difficult to identify what is distinct about the assembly of research. This article discusses critically the state of IT and suggests some reconceptualizations of institution and institutional theory and points at some alternative lines of development.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2021, the authors. DOI:
Publisher Keywords: institutional theory, critique, reconceptualizations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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