Practice-driven institutionalism: A path toward a fruitful borrowing

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Borrowing from practice theory to enhance institutional theory has much potential. It may help institutional scholars reconnect with its constructivist, processual origins. Yet previous attempts of borrowing across paradigmatic boundaries – both in organization studies and in institutional theory – teach us that borrowing is not a straightforward adoption. Instead, theories that cross known paradigmatic boundaries go through a process of translation, and may well get lost in the way. In this paper, the author focuses on methodology and points to impediments to the fruitful adoption of a practice-driven approach to institutionalization, and offers ways to overcome them. In particular, the author points to the need to change the focus from process as an outcome to the inner life of the process; capturing action in vivo and in situ; and finding ways to focus on practice yet not lose connection to its institutional context and implications.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


  • Institutional theory
  • Methodology
  • Microfoundations
  • Outcomes
  • Practice theory
  • Process

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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