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The Work of Meanings in Institutional Processes and Thinking
The work of meanings in institutional processes and thinking

The interest in the role of meanings in institutional theory is both old and new. While meanings were at the heart of early neo-institutional thinking (e.g. Meyer & Rowan, 1977; Zucker, 1977; DiMaggio & Powell, 1983), and while they constitute much of its unique contribution vis-á-vis other open-system theories (Scott, 2007), the very exploration of meaning was somewhat neglected later on, especially in the empirical inquiry of institutions. Thus, our understanding of the work of meaning in institutional processes had been limited (Dobbin, 1994a; Friedland & Alford, 1991; Hasselbladh & Kallinilos, 2000).

Lately, however, we have seen a renewed empirical and theoretical interest in the ideational aspects of ...

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