T h e o r i e s U s e d i n I S R e s e a r c h
I n s t i t u t i o n a l T h e o r y
|Theory Name||Institutional Theory|
|Alternate name(s)||Institutionalism, Adaptation theory|
|Main dependent construct(s)/factor(s)||Institutional emergence, consensus, conformity, conflict, change|
|Main independent construct(s)/factor(s)||Processes which establish schemas, rules, norms and routines|
|Concise description of theory||
Institutional theory attends to the deeper and more resilient aspects of social structure. It considers the processes by which structures, including schemas, rules, norms, and routines, become established as authoritative guidelines for social behavior. It inquires into how these elements are created, diffused, adopted, and adapted over space and time; and how they fall into decline and disuse. Although the ostensible subject is stability and order in social life, students of institutions must perforce attend not just to consensus and conformity but to conflict and change in social structures.
Source: Scott, W. Richard 2004. “Institutional theory” P408-14 in Encyclopedia of Social Theory, George Ritzer, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
A. Defining ’institutions’
B. Enactment and (re-)production of institutions
Source: Fredrik Bjorck. "Institutional Theory: A New Perspective for Research into IS/IT Security in Organisations," HICSS, p. 70186b, Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'04) - Track 7, 2004
|Diagram/schematic of theory||
Three Pillars of Institutions
Source: Source: Scott, W. R. (1995). Institutions and Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage
|Originating author(s)||Philip Selznick, Paul Dimaggio, Walter Powell|
|Seminal articles||Selznick, P. (1948). Foundations of the Theory
of Organizations. American Sociological Review 13: 25-35
Selznick, P. (1949) TVA and the Grass Roots. University of California Press, Berkley, CA.
Selznick, P. (1957) Leadership in Administration, A Sociological Interpretation New York: Harper & Row.
Selznick, P. (1969) Law, Society and Industrial justice, New York: Russel Sage Foundation.
DiMaggio, P. J., & Powell, W. W. (1983). The iron cage revisited: Institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in organizational fields. American Sociological Review, 48(2), 147-160
Oliver, C. (1991). Strategic Responses to Institutional Processes, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 16, 1991: pp.145-179.
Powell, W. W. & Dimaggio, P. J. (1991). The new institutionalism in organizational analysis. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Scott, W. R. (1987). The adolescence of institutional theory. Administrative Science Quarterly, 32(4), 493
Scott, W. R. (1995 and 2001). Institutions and Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage
|Originating area||Sociology, Industrial Psychology, Organizational Theory, Organizational Behavior|
|Level of analysis||Group, firm, industry|
|Links to WWW sites describing theory||
Chapter prepared by Scott W. R. for Great Minds in Management: The Process
of Theory Development, Ken G. Smith and Michael A. Hitt, eds. Oxford UK:
Oxford University Press
http://repositories.cdlib.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1004&context=issr , Institute for Social Science Research, University of California, Los Angeles
http://www.stanford.edu/~jchong/articles/quals/NewInstitutionalism-I.doc, Jan Chong web site
http://faculty.babson.edu/krollag/org_site/encyclop/encyclo.html, Encyclopedia of Organizational Theory - Babson College
|Links from this theory to other theories||Transaction cost theory, Resource-dependency theory, evolutionary economics, historical institutionalism, organization culture and identity, population ecology, and traditional- and neo-institutional sociology.|
|IS articles that use the theory||Adler, P. S. (2005). The evolving object of
software development. Organization, 12(3), 401.
Aguila, A. R. d., Bruque, S., & Padilla, A. (2002). Global information technology management and organizational analysis: Research issues. Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 5(4), 18.
Alvarez, R. (2001). "It was a great system": Face-work and the discursive construction of technology during information systems development. Information Technology & People, 14(4), 385.
Avgerou, C. (2000). IT and organizational change: An institutionalist perspective. Information Technology & People, 13(4), 234.
Bada, A. O., Aniebonam, M. C., & Owei, V. (2004). Institutional pressures as sources of improvisations: A case study from a developing country context. Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 7(3), 27.
Barley, S. R. (1986). Technology as an occasion for structuring: Evidence from observations of CT scanners and the social order of radiology departments. Administrative Science Quarterly, 31(1), 78.
Barley, S. R., & Tolbert, P. S. (1997). Institutionalization and structuration: Studying the links between action and institution. Organization Studies (Walter De Gruyter GmbH & Co.KG.), 18(1), 93.
Boudreau, Marie-Claude, & Robey, Daniel. (1996). Coping with contradictions in business process re-engineering. Information Technology & People, 9(4), 40.
Butler, T. (2003). An institutional perspective on developing and implementing intranet- and internet-based information systems. Information Systems Journal, 13(3), 209-231.
Cannon, A. R., & Woszczynski, A. B. (2002). Crises and revolutions in information technology: Lessons learned from Y2K. Industrial Management + Data Systems, 102(5/6), 318.
Chatterjee, D., Grewal, R., & Sambamurthy, V. (2002). Shaping up for E-commerce: Institutional enablers of the organizational assimilation of web technologies. MIS Quarterly, 26(2), 65.
Cukier, W., Shortt, D., & Devine, I. (2002). ISECON 2001 best paper award winner--gender and information technology: Implications of definitions. Journal of Information Systems Education, 13(1), 7.
Currie, W. L. (2004). The organizing vision of application service provision: A process-oriented analysis. Information & Organization, 14(4), 237-267.
Damsgaard, J., & Scheepers, R. (1999). Power, influence and intranet implementation A safari of south african organizations. Information Technology & People, 12(4), 333.
Dibbern, J., Goles, T., Hirschheim, R., & Jayatilaka, B. (2004). Information systems outsourcing: A survey and analysis of the literature. Database for Advances in Information Systems, 35(4), 6.
DiMaggio, P. J., & Powell, W. W. (1983). The iron cage revisited: Institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in organizational fields. American Sociological Review, 48(2), 147-160.
Doh, J. P., Teegen, H., & Mudambi, R. (2004). Balancing private and state ownership in emerging markets' telecommunications infrastructure: Country, industry, and firm influences. Journal of International Business Studies, 35(3), 233.
Gibbs, J. L., & Kraemer, K. L. (2004). A cross-country investigation of the determinants of scope of E-commerce use: An institutional approach. Electronic Markets, 14(2), 124-137.
Hedman, J., & Borell, A. (2004). Narratives in ERP systems evaluation. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 17(4), 283.
Jarvenpaa, L, S., & Leidner, E, D. (1998). An information company in mexico extending the resource-based view of the firm to a developing country context. Information Systems Research, 9(4), 342.
King, J. L., Gurbaxani, V., Kraemer, K. L., McFarlan, F. W., Raman, K. S., & Yap, C. S. (1994). Institutional factors in information technology innovation. Information Systems Research, 5(2), 139-169.
Kinsella, W. J. (2005). Rhetoric, action, and agency in institutionalized science and technology. Technical Communication Quarterly, 14(3), 303.
Kling, R. (1980). Social analyses of computing: Theoretical perspectives in recent empirical research. ACM Computing Surveys, 12(1), 61-110.
Lamb, R., & Davidson, E. (2005). Understanding intranets in the context of end-user computing. Database for Advances in Information Systems, 36(1), 64.
Lamb, R., King, J. L., & Kling, R. (2003). Informational environments: Organizational contexts of online information use. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 54(2), 97.
Lamb, R., & Kling, R. (2003). Reconceptualizing users as social actors in information systems research1. MIS Quarterly, 27(2), 197.
Laudon, K. C., & King, R. (1985). Environmental and institutional modes of system development: A national criminal history system. Communications of the ACM, 28(7), 728.
Lawrence, C. (2003). Institutions and organizations (2nd ed.). Information Technology & People, 16(3), 374.
Lucas, L. M., & Ogilvie, D. (2005). The evolution of organisations' search strategies for knowledge. International Journal of Information Technology & Management, 4(3), 1-1.
Lynskey, M. J. (2004). Knowledge. finance and human capital: The role of social institutional variables on entrepreneurship in japan. Industry and Innovation, 11(4), 373.
Markus, M. L., & Robey, D. (1988). Information technology and organizational change: Causal structure in theory and research. Management Science, 34(5), 583-598.
Nicolaou, A. I. (1999). Social control in information systems development. Information Technology & People, 12(2), 130.
Orlikowski, W. J. (1992). The duality of technology: Rethinking the concept of technology in organizations. Organization Science: A Journal of the Institute of Management Sciences, 3(3), 398-427.
Orlikowski, W. J., & Barley, S. R. (2001). Technology and institutions: What can research on information technology and research on organizations learn from each other? MIS Quarterly, 25(2), 145.
Orlikowski, W., & Robey, D. (1991). Information technology and the structuring of organizations. Information Systems Research, 2(2), 143-169.
Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, and M. Crum. (1997). Determinants of EDI Adoption in the Transportation Industry. European Journal of Information Systems, 6, 107-121.
Ramiller, N. C. (2003). Information systems and global diversity. Information Technology & People, 16(2), 235.
Reimers, K. (2003). Developing sustainable B2B E-commerce scenarios in the Chinese context: A research proposal. Electronic Markets, 13(4), 261-270.
Robey, D., & Boudreau, M. (1999). Accounting for the contradictory organizational consequences of information technology: Theoretical directions and methodological implications. Information Systems Research, 10(2), 167-185.
Robey, D., & Holmstrom, J. (2001). Transforming municipal governance in global context: A case study of the dialectics of social change. Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 4(4), 19.
Robey, Daniel, & Boudreau, Marie-Claude. (1999). Accounting for the contradictory organizational consequences of information technology: Theoretical directions and methodological implications. Information Systems Research, 10(2), 167.
Sahay, S. (2003). Information systems and global diversity. Information Technology & People, 16(2), 240.
Silva, L., & B, Eugenio Figueroa. (2002). Institutional intervention and the expansion of ICTs in latin america: The case of chile. Information Technology & People, 15(1), 8.
Swanson, E. B., & Ramiller, N. C. (2004). Innovating mindfully with information Technology1. MIS Quarterly, 28(4), 553.
Teo, H. H., Wei, K. K., & Benbasat, I. (2003). Predicting intention to adopt interorganizational linkages: An institutional perspective. MIS Quarterly, 27(1), 19-49.
Tillquist, J., King, J. L., & Woo, C. (2002). A representational scheme for analyzing information technology and organizational dependency. MIS Quarterly, 26(2), 91.
Tingling, P. M. and M. Parent (2002). "Mimetic Isomorphism & Technology Evaluation: Does Imitation Transcend Judgment?" Journal for the Association of Information Systems 3,5: 113-143.
Ulhøi, J. P. (2004). Open source development: A hybrid in innovation and management theory. Management Decision, 42(9), 1095.
Umanath, S, N., & Campbell, L, T. (1994). Differential diffusion of information systems technology in multinational enterprises: A research model. Information Resources Management Journal, 7(1), 6.
Wang, S., & Cheung, W. (2004). E-business adoption by travel agencies: Prime candidates for mobile e-business. International Journal of Electronic Commerce, 8(3), 43-63.
Wareham, J. (2002). Anthropologies of Information Costs: Expanding the Neo-Institutional View, Information and Organization 12(4), 219
Watson, H. J., Abraham, D. L., Chen, D., Preston, D., & Thomas, D. (2004). Data warehousing ROI: Justifying and assessing a data warehouse. Business Intelligence Journal, 9(2), 6.
Wu, F., Mahajan, V., & Balasubramanian, S. (2003). An analysis of e-business adoption and its impact on business performance. Academy of Marketing Science.Journal, 31(4), 425.
|Date last updated||October 12, 2005|
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