In this paper, I discuss the possibility of creating a more fruitful conversation between institutional logics and institutional work as two central streams within institutional theory. I begin by situating each of these lines of theorizing within their respective intellectual traditions. I then elaborate on their core arguments alongside their theoretical assumptions. Specifically, I articulate how they each highlight some aspects of institutional dynamics while disregarding or downplaying others. Finally, I point to some similarities, differences, and possible analytic division of labor between them. I conclude by arguing that the tension between institutional logics and institutional work, as two frameworks for conceptualizing and exploring institutional dynamics, is the most recent incarnation of a long series of theoretical conundrums within neo-institutionalism, each triggering deep and ongoing discussions that enriched our thinking. As such, this tension is welcome and important, as long as each stream is able to define its own boundaries.
Zilber, T.B. (2013), "Institutional Logics and Institutional Work: Should They Be Agreed?", Lounsbury, M. and Boxenbaum, E. (Ed.) Institutional Logics in Action, Part A (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 39 Part A), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 77-96. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X(2013)0039AB007
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