Agents, Actors, Actorhood: Institutional Perspectives on the Nature of Agency, Action, and Authority Vol: 58

Hokyu Hwang
University of New South Wales, Australia

Jeannette A. Colyvas
Northwestern University, USA

Gili S. Drori
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Product Details
05 Apr 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
304 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
National governments are increasingly sharing the stage with many other forms of empowered social actors and authoritative players. Worldwide, alongside governmental bureaucracies, we witness the proliferation of non-for-profit and voluntary associations, business organizations and corporations, civic action committees and political parties, as well as celebrities and cultural icons. Importantly, whether they are individual- and collective social actors, these various actors are bestowed with the legitimate authority to speak their mind, act on their agenda, and influence the course of social progress. How might we conceptualize the role of such empowered social actors? 

This compilation of research and commentary gathers a range of institutional perspectives investigating what the devolution of state power and the so-called democratization of social action means for the nature of authority and how the multiplicity and variety of social actors impacts societies worldwide, extending from focus on agents to actors to actorhood.
Part I: Overview 
1. Institutions and Actors in Institutional Theory; Hokyu Hwang, Jeannette A. Colyvas, and Gili S. Drori 
Part II: Construction of Actors  
2. What Difference Does it Make? An Institutional Perspective on Actors and Types Thereof; Raimund Hasse 
3. School Principals as Agents: Autonomy, Embeddedness, and Script; Ravit Mizrahi-Shtelman  
4. Me and My Avatar: Acquiring Actorial Identity; Anthony J. O’Tierney, Donncha Kavanagh, and Kevin Scally
5. Beyond Service Provision: Advocacy and the Construction of Nonprofits as Organizational Actors; Hokyu Hwang and David Suárez  
6. Constructing the Consultant as a Legitimate Actor: The Role of Active Clients in Universities; Tim Sienderschnur and Georg Krücken 
7. Constructing Organizations as Actors: Insights from Research Designs in the Literature On Institutional Logics; Guillermo Casasnovas and Marc Ventresca 
Part III: Work of Actors 
8. Mentoring Institutional Change: Intergenerational Construction of Meso-Structure and the Emergence of New Logics in American Healthcare; Gina Dokko, Amit Nigam, and Daisy Chung  
9. Machina ex Deus: From Distributed to Orchestrated Agency; Daniel Semper  
10. Political and Institutional Influences on the Legal Codification of Nascent Markets: Incorporation of Islamic Banking and Organic Agriculture in Turkey, 1984-2015; Özgür Rahşan Çetrez  
11. Institutional Work in High-Altitude Mountaineering: Rope-fixing, the 'Everest brawl', and Changes in Sherpa Actorhood; Marc Lenglet and Philippe Rozin 
12. The Claim for Actorhood in Institutional Work; Merav Migdal-Picker and Tammar B. Zilber 
Part IV: Afterword 
13. Reflections on Rationalization, Actors and Others; John W. Meyer
Hokyu Hwang is Senior Lecturer in the UNSW Business School, University of New South Wales, Australia. He received his PhD in sociology from Stanford University, USA. He is editor of Globalization and Organization: World Society and Organizational Change.
Jeannette A. Colyvas is Associate Professor of Learning Sciences, and Human Development and Social Policy, at Northwestern University, USA. She is also faculty (by courtesy) of the Kellogg School of Management. She received her PhD from Stanford University, USA.
Gili S. Drori is Professor of Sociology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She has held positions as Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the Technion and University of Bergamo, as well as guest appointments at University of Uppsala and Lund University.

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