Institutions and actorhood as co-constitutive and co-constructed: The argument and areas for future research.

Renate Meyer, Eero Vaara

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


We argue that in order to overcome the reductionism and essentialism in institutional theory there is a need to acknowledge that institutions and social actors are co‐constitutive and co‐constructed in processes of communication. We elaborate this argument by drawing on the phenomenological foundation of institutional theory and point to promising areas of future research: the multimodal nature of institutions, the mediated and mediatized character of modern communication, and the contestedness of all social orders and their legitimation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898 - 910
JournalJournal of Management Studies (JMS)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502052 Business administration
  • 506009 Organisation theory
  • 502024 Public economy
  • 502006 Controlling

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