New Themes in Institutional Analysis
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New Themes in Institutional Analysis

Topics and Issues from European Research

Edited by Georg Krücken, Carmelo Mazza, Renate E. Meyer and Peter Walgenbach

Institutional theory has become one of the dominant organizational approaches in recent decades. Its roots can be traced to Europe, and an important intellectual objective of this book is to examine North American theory strands and reconnect them with European research traditions. In addition, this book focuses on how organizations and individuals handle heterogeneous and challenging social conditions which are subsequently reflected in various forms of change.
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Chapter 2: The value of institutional logics

Roger Friedland


Roger Friedland brings back the significance of values to the debate on institutional logics. He argues that without values, institutional theory neglects the ‘why’, the purpose that drives humans and is core to the formation of societies. He argues that the loss of values in North American theorizing is related to the desire to leave behind the shadow of Parsons’ theoretical architecture – a desire, we might say, European researchers never knew. Building on, but also departing from, an array of foundational thinkers from sociology, philosophy, and political science, Friedland lays out that institutional logics have a value grounding – an institutional substance that is enacted through practices around objects carried by subjects and categorized by names this substance constitutes.

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