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The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism brings together extensive coverage of aspects of Institutional Theory and an array of top academic contributors. Now in its Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly revised and reorganized, with all chapters updated to maintain a mix of theory, how to conduct institutional organizational analysis, and contemporary empirical work. New chapters on Translation, Networks and Institutional Pluralism are included to reflect new directions in the field. The Second Edition has also been reorganized into six parts: Part One: Beginnings (Foundations) Part Two: Organizations and their Contexts Part Three: Institutional Processes Part Four: Conversations Part Five: Consequences Part Six: Reflections

Towards a Practice-Driven Institutionalism
Towards a Practice-Driven Institutionalism
Michael SmetsAngela AristidouRichard Whittington
INTRODUCTION

Recent years have seen an increasing mutual engagement between institutional and strategy-as-practice scholars who realize that they can learn from each other to address critical blind spots in their respective theories (Smets, Greenwood, & Lounsbury, 2015a; Suddaby, Seidl, & Lê, 2013; Vaara & Whittington, 2012). In this chapter, we argue that this nascent dialogue is bringing about a practice-driven institutionalism (PDI) that more truthfully reflects the intellectual heritage of institutional theory and, in doing so, sheds a more comprehensive light on modern-day issues of organizing and work (Barley & Kunda, 2001; Feldman & Orlikowski, 2011).

Institutional theorists are thereby following the ‘practice turn’ which has characterized much of organization theory in the last twenty years ...

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