How Institutions Matter “In Time”: The Temporal Structures of Practices and Their Effects on Practice Reproduction

How Institutions Matter!

ISBN: 978-1-78635-430-3, eISBN: 978-1-78635-429-7

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 15 December 2016

Abstract

We argue that our understanding of how institutions matter has been undermined by a piecemeal approach to temporality in institutional analyses. This paper addresses this shortcoming in the literature. We bring temporality to the fore by conceptualizing practices, which constitute institutions, as understood, situated, and coordinated in time by temporal structures. We elaborate an integrated framework of temporal structures that consist of three types: temporal patterns, temporal conceptions, and temporal orientations – and outline how each type contributes to the reproduction of practices. We discuss the implications of this framework for sustainability initiatives and conclude by suggesting future avenues of research on the temporal foundations of institutions.

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Rowell, C., Gustafsson, R. and Clemente, M. (2016), "How Institutions Matter “In Time”: The Temporal Structures of Practices and Their Effects on Practice Reproduction", How Institutions Matter! (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 48A), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 303-327. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X201600048A010

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