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Ubiquity and Legitimacy: Disentangling Diffusion and Institutionalization
Northwestern University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5462-3041
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2011 (English)In: Sociological theory, ISSN 0735-2751, E-ISSN 1467-9558, Vol. 29, no 1, 27-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Diffusion and institutionalization are of prime sociological importance, as both processes unfold at the intersections of relations and structures, as well as persistence and change. Yet they are often confounded, leading to theoretical and methodological biases that hinder the development of generalizable arguments. We look at diffusionand institutionalization distinctively, each as both a process and an outcome in terms of three dimensions: the objects that flow or stick; the subjects who adopt or influence; and the social settings through which an innovation travels. We offer examples to flesh out these dimensions, and formulate testable propositions from our analytic framework that could lead to further theoretical refinement and progress.

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2011. Vol. 29, no 1, 27-53 p.
Keyword [en]
Institutional theory, Diffusion, Organizations
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Sociology Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-148628DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9558.2010.01386.xISI: 000287530200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-148628DiVA: diva2:402438
Available from: 2011-03-08 Created: 2011-03-08 Last updated: 2015-09-21

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