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Institutional Perspectives—Working towards Coherence or Irreconcilable Diversity?

Marie‐Laure Djelic

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199233762
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199233762.003.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Institutional Perspectives—Working towards Coherence or Irreconcilable Diversity?

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This article starts with a description in broad strokes of the intellectual heritage shaping institutionalism in different social science disciplines. Then, a number of debates serve as points of entry to approach the question of coherence or diversity. The definition of institutions, the double issue of change and emergence, and the question of action and agency are explored in turn. Those are key questions today, with which scholars are grappling across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. A red thread throughout the article is to ponder whether the exploration of these questions reveals enduring and tight boundaries, or whether it shows instead increasing coherence and proximity within the broad institutionalist family. In the concluding section, the article goes back to this thread.

Keywords: intellectual heritage; social science; coherence; diversity; proximity

Article.  11536 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Research Methods

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