How do institutionalists matter? Dialogue and directions from the closing plenary

Mary Ann Glynn, Thomas B. Lawrence, Renate E. Meyer, William Ocasio, M. Paola Ometto, Jean Francois Soubliere

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The closing plenary of the 2015 Alberta Institutions Conference offered an opportunity to reflect on the current status of the institutional perspective and the direction it may take in the future. Our four panelists, Mary Ann Glynn, Tom Lawrence, Renate Meyer, and William Ocasio, reflected on how institutionalists can matter. In a first conversation, Renate and William discussed how institutionalists can matter to different audiences, and whether or not the desire to matter should drive research. In a second conversation, Tom proposed problem-driven research as a means of developing relevant theoretical insights. In a third and final conversation, Mary Ann encouraged us to reconsider the role of institutions and culture in shaping the collective rationality of actors and to reveal what matters in everyday occurrences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-406
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Collective rationality
  • Everyday experience
  • Institutional theory
  • Policy
  • Problem-driven research
  • Relevance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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