New Themes in Institutional Analysis

Krücken, Georg; Mazza, Carmelo; Meyer, Renate E.; Walgenbach, Peter (Hrsg.): New Themes in Institutional Analysis. Topics and Issues from European Research. Edward Elgar Publishing 2017. ISBN: 9781784716868

Institutional theory has become one of the dominant organizational approaches in recent decades. Its roots can be traced to Europe, and an important intellectual objective of this book is to examine North American theory strands and reconnect them with European research traditions. In addition, this book focuses on how organizations and individuals handle heterogeneous and challenging social conditions which are subsequently reflected in various forms of change.

In particular, the book:

• sheds light on neo-institutionalism from a European perspective

• examines neo-institutionalism in North American sociological and organizational theories and (re-)connects them with European research traditions

• explores novel and innovative methodologies to analyse institutions

• analyses institutional and organizational change

• links micro- and macro-approaches to institutions

• reconnects organizational institutionalism with sociological theories.

Finally, the book includes an afterword by John Meyer which is intended to stimulate further discussion. New Themes in Institutional Analysis will appeal to students and academics in organization, management, and institutionalism.



1. New themes in institutional analysis: Topics and issues from European research
Georg Krücken, Renate E. Meyer and Peter Walgenbach

2. The value of institutional logics
Roger Friedland

3. What are institutional logics - and where is the perspective taking us?
Christina Berg Johansen and Susanne Boch Waldorff

4. Conventions and institutional logics. Invitation to a dialogue between two theoretical approaches
Ann Westenholz

5. From contention to mainstream: Valuing and institutionalizing moral products
Nadine Arnold and Birthe Soppe

6. Changing the C-suite: New Chief Officer roles as strategic responses to institutional complexity
Silviya Svejenova and José Luis Alvarez

7. Refusing, connecting, and playing off conflicting institutional demands: A longitudinal study on the organizational handling of the end of nuclear power, climate protection, and the energy turnaround in Germany
Stephan Bohn and Peter Walgenbach

8. Constructing domains of corporate social responsibility – a politicization of corporations at the expense of a de-politicization of society?
Markus A. Höllerer, Renate E. Meyer and Michael Lounsbury

9. Forest and trees, institutional dynamics and artifacts: On visual organizational indicators of global and historical cultural patterns
Gili S. Drori, Achim Oberg and Giuseppe Delmestri

10. Professional emergence and boundary work in the Italian wine industry: “Nella botte piccola c'è il vino buono”
Marco Bottura, Raffaele Corrado, Bernard Forgues and Vincenza Odorici

11. Organizational adaptation and inverse trajectories: Two cities and their film festivals
Carmelo Mazza and Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen

12. Institutional analysis in a digital era: Mechanisms and methods to understand emerging fields
Walter W. Powell, Achim Oberg, Valeska Korff, Carrie Oelberger and Karina Kloos

13. Organizing vigilante lynching. A neo-institutional perspective
Thomas Klatetzki

14. Coping with the unintended consequences of institutional work
Miko?aj Pawlak and Adriana Mica

15. Institutions as adverbs? The dynamic form of institutional substances
Elke Weik

16. Fragmented organizations in the society of organizations
John W. Meyer