Those who don't know don't need to know: On endogenous agency in traditiional institutions

Mark De Rond*, Jaco Lok

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The purpose of this work is to systematically develop a micro-level understanding of endogenous agency in a highly institutionalized, stable setting. Based on an ethnographic account of Cambridge's 2007 season preparations for the annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race ' an institution that has changed little in its 180-year old existence ' we examine disruptive endogenous agency in an institutional environment where extant theory least expects it. A new ontology of agency is proposed which explains disruptive endogenous agency in highly institutionalized settings based on the inherent tensions between three autonomous, but interpenetrating categories of agency: institutional, strategic, and relational affective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDare to Care
Subtitle of host publicationAcademy of Management, Montreal 2010
PublisherAcademy of Management (AoM)
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 6 Aug 201010 Aug 2010

Conference

Conference70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period6/08/1010/08/10

Keywords

  • agency
  • institutions
  • tradition

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