Microfoundations of Institutions Vol: 65, Part A

Patrick Haack
Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Jost Sieweke
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lauri Wessel
University of Bremen, Germany

Product Details
25 Nov 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
328 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
The notion of microfoundations has received growing interest in neo-institutional theory (NIT) along with an increasing interest in microfoundational research in disciplines such as strategic management and organizational economics. However, despite reference to the same term, there are decisive differences in how microfoundations have been addressed across different disciplines. 

The aim of this double volume is to explore in more depth what the microfoundations of institutions are and what it takes to actually develop sound microfoundations. To this end, this double volume sets off by exploring the recent well-spring of micro-level research in NIT (i.e., research on the individual, practice and group level). While intimately related, micro-level research and microfoundations are not necessarily the same thing. Hence, the double volume seeks to bring to the fore different perspectives in micro-level research in order to tease out what these perspectives imply for building microfoundations, where they converge and where they diverge.
Section 1 - Prologue 
1: What are Micro-Foundations, Why and How to Study Them?; Pamela S. Tolbert and Lynne G. Zucker 
Section 2 - Introduction 
2: Introduction; Patrick Haack, Jost Sieweke, and Lauri Wessel 
Section 3 - Cognitive Perspective on Microfoundations
3: Towards a multi-level theory of institutional contestation: Exploring category legitimation across domains of institutional action; Alex Bitektine and Robert Nason  
4: When do market intermediaries sanction categorical deviation? The role of expertise, identity and competition; Romain Boulongne, Arnaud Cudennec, and Rodolphe Durand 
5: 'The HR generalist is dead': A phenomenological perspective on decoupling; Julia Brandl, Jochen Dreher, and Anna Schneider 
6: Why do individuals perceive and respond to the same institutional demands differently? On the cognitive structural underpinnings of institutional complexity; Magdalena Cholakova and Davide Ravasi
7: The Generativity of Collective Identity: Identity Movements as Mechanisms for New Institutions; Mary Ann Glynn and Benjamin D. Innis
8: Embodied and reflexive agency in institutional fields: An integrative neo-institutional perspective on institutional change; Jan Goldenstein and Peter Walgenbach
9: How do institutions take root at the individual level?; Osnat Hazan and Tammer B. Zilber
10: Sensegiving and sensemaking of highly disruptive issues: Animal rights experienced through PETA YouTube videos; Yanfei Hu and Claus Rerup
11: Connecting the tree to the rain forest: Examining the microfoundations of institutions with cultural consensus theory; Josh Keller
12: Specifying the 'what' and separating the 'how': Doings, sayings, codes, and artifacts as the building blocks of institutions; Omar Lizardo
13: Identity within the Microfoundations of Institutions: A Historical Review; Anna E. Roberts
14: Microfoundations of Institutional Change in the Career Structure of UK Elite Law Firms; Thomas J. Roulet, Lionel Paolella, Claudia Gabbionnetta and Daniel Muzio
15: Bases of Conformity and Institutional Theory: Understanding Organizational Decision-Making; Pamela S. Tolbert and Tiffany Darabi
Patrick Haack is Professor of Strategy at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne. His current research focuses on social judgment formation, practice adoption, and the application of experiments and formal modeling approaches to the study of institutionalization and legitimation.
Jost Sieweke is Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research focuses on human errors and legitimacy. He is also working in the application of natural experiments in management research. 
Lauri Wessel is Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the University of Bremen, Germany. His research spawns the domains of organization theory and information systems research by applying sociological theories such as institutional theory to understand digital technology.

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