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Institutional Change

Both organizations and individuals are embedded in dense institutional contexts that provide structure and stability to interactions. These contexts are, however, not static but subject to continuous change. Scott (2001: 181) defines institutional change as “the creation of new institutional forms and associated changes in organizational fields, populations, and individual organizations as these entities respond to pressures to adopt new structures or practices.” Research on institutional change supported by the CSSO spans a wide range of topics, including the impact of regulatory, normative, and cognitive change on innovation, entrepreneurship, and the evolution of industries and organizational forms. The CSSO supports, among others, research in the aerospace, pharmaceutical, management consulting, health care, and retailing industries.


Scott, W. R. 2001. Institutions and organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.