Steps towards a theory of institutional stability and change as dialectically related opposites

Jaco Lok*

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Abstract

This paper argues that recent attempts to transform and/or extend new institutional theory to explain institutional change fail to overcome new institutionalism's limited capacity to deal with the question of change for two reasons. First, there is a tendency to preserve the dualism of structural constraint and free agency. Second, they tend to rely on functionalist explanations to account for institutional change. It is argued that a social constructionist theory of institutional change that frames institutional stability and change as dialectically related opposites has the potential to overcome these two significant shortcomings. Mainly drawing upon Berger & Luckmann (1967)'s seminal account of social constructionism, which paradoxically forms an important part of new institutional theory's microsociological underpinnings, the paper identifies and explores 10 sources of institutional stability. These sources are developed into a proposition framework for institutional stability analysis that can be used to explore questions of institutional change. The application of this framework to the everyday example of 'queuing' is used to illustrate the paper's main contention that it is through stability analysis that specific institutional change sequences can be better understood.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2006 Annual Meeting
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge, Action and the Public Concern, AOM 2006
PublisherAcademy of Management (AoM)
PagesH1-H6
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 11 Aug 200616 Aug 2006

Conference

Conference66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period11/08/0616/08/06

Keywords

  • Institutional change
  • Institutional stability
  • Institutional Theory

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    Lok, J. (2006). Steps towards a theory of institutional stability and change as dialectically related opposites. In Academy of Management 2006 Annual Meeting: Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern, AOM 2006 (pp. H1-H6). Academy of Management (AoM). Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2006.27175652