Forest and trees, institutional dynamics and artifacts: on visual organizational indicators of global and historical cultural patterns

Gili Drori, Achim Oberg, Giuseppe Delmestri

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


Gili Drori, Achim Oberg, and Giuseppe Delmestri set out to identify historical trends in field-level processes of global world culture in individual organizational artifacts – university emblems. Their innovative methodology allows them to reconstruct and understand broad cultural trends and long historical changes in higher education through small, organizational-level visual icons. In addition, by tracing distributions and developments, they are able to identify period-specific cultural models and locate the individual universities within them. With their longitudinal study they add to the core concerns of institutional theory: the theory of fields, organizational roles and identities, world society theory, and to the visual and material turn in institutional analysis. In particular, they embed ‘strategic’ decisions by individual organizations in cultural and global dynamics of the organizational field, thereby institutionally ‘grounding’ their agency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Themes in Institutional Analysis. Topics and Issues from European Research
Editors Krücken, G., Mazza, C., Meyer, R.E., Walgenbach, P
Place of PublicationGrossbritannien
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Pages224 - 252
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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