How institutions matter "in time": The temporal structures of practices and their effects on practice reproduction

Chris Rowell, Robin Gustafsson, Marco Clemente

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Abstract

We argue that our understanding of how institutions matter has been undermined by a piecemeal approach to temporality in institutional analyses. This paper addresses this shortcoming in the literature. We bring temporality to the fore by conceptualizing practices, which constitute institutions, as understood, situated, and coordinated in time by temporal structures. We elaborate an integrated framework of temporal structures that consist of three types: temporal patterns, temporal conceptions, and temporal orientations - and outline how each type contributes to the reproduction of practices. We discuss the implications of this framework for sustainability initiatives and conclude by suggesting future avenues of research on the temporal foundations of institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-327
Number of pages25
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Volume48A
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Practice reproduction
  • Temporal conception
  • Temporal orientation
  • Temporal pattern
  • Temporal structures
  • Time

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