On action, embeddedness, and institutional change

Cardinale, Ivano. 2019. On action, embeddedness, and institutional change. Academy of Management Review, 44(3), pp. 673-700. ISSN 0363-7425 [Article]

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The article starts by discussing competing interpretations of actors’ embeddedness in structure. To do so, it distinguishes between constraints on action imposed by structure at the individual and social level, and renders action as resulting from how actors engage with such forms of structure through different types of agency. The article goes on to argue that a diachronic understanding of the mutual constitution of actions and structure, whereby they are relatively autonomous at a given moment while shaping each other over time, is the most fruitful for studying institutional change.

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Agency, action, embeddedness, protention, institutional change

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Institute of Management Studies
Institute of Management Studies > Structural Economic Analysis


28 February 2019Accepted
11 March 2019Published Online
9 July 2019Published

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14 Mar 2019 15:47

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19 Feb 2024 16:39

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