Putting Communication Front and Center in Institutional Theory and Analysis

Joseph Cornelissen, Rodolphe Durand, Peer Fiss, John C. Lammers, Eero Vaara

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In this article we introduce AMR’s Special Topic Forum on Communication, Cognition and Institutions. 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 this forum 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.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)10-27
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


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