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Institutionalization and Structuration: Studying the Links between Action and Institution
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  • Stephen R Barley, Stanford University
  • Pamela S Tolbert, Cornell University
Publication Date
1-1-1997
Abstract

Institutional theory and structuration theory both contend that institutions and actions are inextricably linked and that institutionalization is best understood as a dynamic, ongoing process. Institutionalists, however, have pursued an empirical agenda that has largely ignored how institutions are created, altered, and reproduced, in part, because their models of institutionalization as a process are underdeveloped. Structuration theory, on the other hand, largely remains a process theory of such abstraction that it has generated few empirical studies. This paper discusses the similarities between the two theories, develops an argument for why a fusion of the two would enable institutional theory to significantly advance, develops a model of institutionalization as a structuration process, and proposes methodological guidelines for investigating the process empirically.

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Barley, S. R., & Tolbert, P. S. (1997). Institutionalization and structuration: Studying the links between action and institution. Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/articles/130/

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Copyright by SAGE Publications. Final paper published as Barley, S. R., & Tolbert, P. S. (1997). Institutionalization and structuration: Studying the links between action and institution. Organization Studies, 18(1), 93-117.

Citation Information
Stephen R Barley and Pamela S Tolbert. "Institutionalization and Structuration: Studying the Links between Action and Institution" (1997)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/pamela_tolbert/6/