Pathways of institutional change: An integrative review and research agenda

Evelyn Micelotta, Michael Lounsbury, Royston Greenwood

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The study of institutional change is a core research area in organization theory and is of increasing relevance for scholarship in other disciplines. In this paper, we review the substantial number of studies that have examined the ways by which institutions are created, modified, or transformed, highlighting the lack of integration of prior works that emphasize exogenous shocks, institutional entrepreneurship, and practice-based change. Drawing on the institutional logics perspective, we then develop a novel typology of pathways of change that more comprehensively brings together this diverse literature, accounts for the richness and heterogeneity of institutional change processes unveiled by studies to date, and provides a more synthetic framework to guide future research. Based on our analysis and theorizing, we discuss important new scholarly directions that will enhance our understanding of different kinds of institutional change processes and outcomes, as well as contribute to further development of the institutional logics perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1885-1910
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number6
Early online date27 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • institutional theory (sociology)
  • institutional logics
  • change pathways


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