Practice, substance and history: reframing institutional logics

Mutch, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8054-6649, 2018. Practice, substance and history: reframing institutional logics. Academy of Management Review, 42 (2), pp. 242-258. ISSN 0363-7425

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The characterization by Roger Friedland of institutional logics as a combination of substance and practices opens the door to a more complex reading of their influence on organizational life. His focus suggests attention to feelings and belief as much as cognition and choice. This article uses history to develop these ideas by paying attention to the perennial features of our embodied relations with the world and other persons. Historical work draws our attention to neglected domains of social life, such as play, which can have profound impacts on organizations. The study of history suggests that such institutions have a long run conditioning influence that calls into question accounts that stress individual agential choice and action in bringing about change. Analytical narratives of the emergence of practices can provide the means to combine the conceptual apparatus of organization theory with the attention to temporality of history.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Academy of Management Review
Creators: Mutch, A.
Publisher: Academy of Management
Date: 1 March 2018
Volume: 42
Number: 2
ISSN: 0363-7425
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 15 Feb 2018 14:59
Last Modified: 12 May 2018 03:00

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