Articles

Putting Communication Front and Center in Institutional Theory and Analysis

J. CORNELISSEN, R. DURAND, P. FISS, J. C. LAMMERS, E. VAARA

Academy of Management Review

January 2015, vol. 40, n°1, pp.10-27

Departments: Strategy & Business Policy, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Keywords: Communication, Organizational change, Institutional theory (Sociology), Cognition, Linguistics, Social interaction, Frames (Social sciences), Discourse theory (Communication), Performative (Philosophy), Categorization (Psychology)


We conceptualize the roots of cognitive, linguistic, and communicative theories of institutions and outline the promise and potential of a stronger communication focus for institutional theory. In particular, we outline a theoretical approach that puts communication at the heart of theories of institutions, institutional maintenance, and change, and we label this approach communicative institutionalism. We then provide a brief introduction to the set of articles contained in the Special Topic Forum on Communication, Cognition, and Institutions and describe the innovative theorizing of these articles in the directionWe conceptualize the roots of cognitive, linguistic, and communicative theories of institutions and outline the promise and potential of a stronger communication focus for institutional theory. In particular, we outline a theoretical approach that puts communication at the heart of theories of institutions, institutional maintenance, and change, and we label this approach communicative institutionalism. We then provide a brief introduction to the set of articles contained in the Special Topic Forum on Communication, Cognition, and Institutions and describe the innovative theorizing of these articles in the direction of communicative theories of institutions. Finally, we sketch a research agenda and further steps and possibilities for theory and research integrating communication and institutions of communicative theories of institutions. Finally, we sketch a research agenda and further steps and possibilities for theory and research integrating communication and institutions.


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