A Review of the Institutional Change Literature

University of Western Sydney
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 21st ANZAM 2007 Conference: Managing Our Intellectual and Social Capital, 2007, pp. 1 - 18
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Over the last 30 years, institutional theory has been used to explore the ways in which institutions can constrain and shape individual and organisational behaviour. Although neo institutional theorists have argued that institutionalisation is both a process and a finished state, neo institutional theory has had great difficulty explaining how such institutional change occurs. This paper reviews critically the literature on institutional change, building on an earlier literature review by Van de Ven and Hargrave (2004). An updated and diagrammatic categorisation of this literature (Figure 2), making use of additional sub-categories, represents a modest extension of their work. It is hoped that this paper might serve as a useful summary for scholars interested in appreciating the variation within and between different streams of the institutional change literature.
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