Institutions and Actorhood as Co-Constitutive and Co-Constructed: The Argument and Areas for Future Research

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  • Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
  • Copenhagen Business School


Abstract We argue that in order to overcome the reductionism and essentialism in institutional theory there is a need to acknowledge that institutions and social actors are co-constitutive and co-constructed in processes of communication. We elaborate this argument by drawing on the phenomenological foundation of institutional theory and point to promising areas of future research: the multimodal nature of institutions, the mediated and mediatized character of modern communication, and the contestedness of all social orders and their legitimation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-910
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number4
Early online date31 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • actorhood, co-constitution, communication, discourse, institutional theory, legitimacy, multimodality

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