“Meet the Movers and the Shakers of the Industry”

Lyn Spillman

in Solidarity in Strategy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780226769561
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226769554 | DOI:
“Meet the Movers and the Shakers of the Industry”

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This chapter builds on the insights of neoinstitutionalist theory, which has suggested a cultural role for business associations in the production and reproduction of “industry interests.” Arguing that recent neoinstitutionalist analysis has been overly preoccupied with questions about change and relies on unexamined assumptions about how orientations for economic action are reproduced and inculcated, the chapter shows how business associations routinely produce and reproduce cognitive categories, networks, and industry fields. This account also shows that recent work by economic sociologists on the importance of cognition, networks, and fields for economic action helps understand mechanisms of institutional production and reproduction.

Keywords: neoinstitutionalist theory; social construction; business interests; business associations; cultural change; economic action

Chapter.  10582 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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