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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
Chapter 23: The Material and Visual Basis of Institutions
The Material and Visual Basis of Institutions
Institutions have a ‘relative permanence of a distinctly social sort’ (Hughes, 1936: 180), which means that they are resilient social structures that provide stability and meaning to social life (Scott, 2003, 2008), influencing which organizational practices and arrangements are utilized and with what consequences (Greenwood, Oliver, Sahlin, & Suddaby, 2008). One of the most basic assumptions of institutional theory is that this relative permanence is achieved through sedimentation in a sign system that is a central resource for the social construction of reality (Berger & Luckmann, 1967). Institutional scholars have until now focused on verbal language as the primary sign system and on ‘linguistic artifacts’ ...