Chapter 2: Institutional products
In this chapter, we will familiarize ourselves with the type of institutional environment elements that organizations encounter directly in everyday operations, namely elements that I refer to here as ‘institutional products’. This includes materializations of knowledge, ideas and ideologies, such as those that individuals and organizations offer up to other individuals and organizations around the world. In this way, organizations encounter information, rules and services. In many cases, this involves services sold commercially, but it can also be a matter of information or regulations developed out of more general interests. What the two types have in common is that they are produced by one set of actors and directed at another. Thus, they con- tribute to the creation of legal, social and mental structures that organizations must adapt to in one way or another, and that consequently affect their ability to develop, what decisions can be made, and their options for governing and controlling organizations. They thereby also constitute the conditions necessary for organizations to be able to operate at all. Institutional products can take many forms, and a crude division can be made into material products and social products, where the material products include information and rules, and the social products include services. Also linked to the form institutional products take is how they are packaged. As with all types of products, products in the environment also need to be packaged.
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