Problematizing actors and institutions in institutional work

Hokyu Hwang*, Jeannette A. Colyvas

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The growing popularity of institutional work suggests a broad agentic turn in institutional approaches to organizational studies. We briefly describe the contribution of the evolving institutional-work research agenda. Then, we identify two problematic areas in this line of research: the privileged causal status of "actors" and the under-theorized nature of institutions. We suggest that re-engagement with insights of the earlier, foundational work in neo-institutional theory would benefit this emerging research agenda.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-66
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • actor(s)
  • institution(s)
  • institutional theory
  • institutional work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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