The material and visual basis of institutions

Candace Jones, Renate Meyer, Dennis Jancsary, Markus Höllerer

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Materiality and visuality are crucial to institutions and institutional processes. They constitute ‘embodied’ aspects of all experiences, including the creation and interpretation of signs and institutions, which are bound to material properties of the sensory apparatus, such as vocal chords, retinas, the brain, etc. Materiality and visuality are also central media by which ideas, beliefs and values are expressed, shared and stored to endure over time and across space. We examine how material and visual properties of artifacts influence core institutional constructs and processes such as legitimacy, institutional logics, theorization, translation and identity. We present our conclusions and offer potential directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism
EditorsRoyston Greenwood, Christine Oliver, Thomas B. Lawrence, Renate E. Meyer
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781526415066
ISBN (Print)9781412961967, 9781412941297, 9781529712117
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • institutional theory
  • materiality
  • visuality
  • institutional logics
  • identity
  • theorization
  • framing
  • legitimacy


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