On Practice and Institution: New Empirical Directions Vol: 71

Michael Lounsbury
University of Alberta, Canada

Deborah A. Anderson
University of Oxford, USA

Paul Spee
University of Queensland, Australia

Product Details
12 Jan 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
248 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
The concepts of practice and institution are of longstanding importance across the social sciences. This double-volume builds directly on the scholarship of Theodore Schatzki and Roger Friedland, to map out new theoretical and empirical directions at the interface between the practice and institutional “logics” literatures in organizational sociology, bridging the two perspectives. 
Volume 71 of Research in the Sociology of Organizations highlights a multitude of empirical directions suggesting particularly intriguing focal points for the emergent research agenda. The enclosed chapters grapple with issues related to the relationship of the symbolic and material aspects of culture and draw on a variety of empirical contexts (e.g. Islamic banking, Chinese manufacturing, and social innovation) to suggest different ways in which we might study social change at the interface of practice and institution.
Chapter 1. Can Small Variations Accumulate into Big Changes; Brian Pentland, Peng Liu, Waldemar Kremser, and Thorvald Haerem 
Chapter 2. Putting Things in Place: Institutional Objects and Institutional Logics; Roger Friedland and Diane-Laure Arjaliès 
Chapter 3. You’re grounded: towards a theory of enactive legitimation, materiality, and practice; Davide Nicolini, Juliane Reineke, and Aneeq Ismail 
Chapter 4. Field-level evaluation practices and practice experimentation: social impact bonds and market logic encroachment in the field of social integration; Henri Schildt, Farah Kodeih, and Hani Tarabichi 
Chapter 5. Mystery Driven Institutionalism: The Jesuit Spiritual Exercises as A Book of Practices Leading Nowhere; Jose Bento da Silva, and Paolo Quattrone 
Chapter 6. Cultural Encounters: A Practice-Driven Institutional Approach to The Study of Organizational Culture; Milo Wang, and Michael Lounsbury 
Chapter 7. The missing link: community of practice as a bridge between institutional entrepreneurs and frontline practitioners in institutionalizing a divergent practice; Arthur Gautier, Anne Claire Pache, Imran Chowdhury, and Marion Ligonie
Michael Lounsbury is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Alberta School of Business. Michael's research focuses on the relationship between organizational and institutional change, entrepreneurial dynamics, and the emergence of new industries and practices.

Deborah A. Anderson is a doctoral candidate at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Deborah's research focuses on the interaction of knowledge and authority both within and across firms, particularly in the context of crisis, rapid technological change, and innovation.

Paul Spee is Associate Professor in Strategy at the University of Queensland Business School. Paul's research focuses on social practice theory, advocating for an alternative theorization of institutions, strategy and routines.

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