Organizations and the Fashioning of Grown and Decided Institutions
Professor Patrik Aspers, University St. Gallen, Switzerland
Time: NB! Thursday, 6 February 2020, at 17:15-18:45
Place: Tampere University, Pinni B, lecture hall B1096, Kanslerinrinne 1, 1st fl.
Recently, critique has been launched the New Institutional organization theory. It is argued that this theoretical approach has forgotten about the core institution that it originally was set out to explain, organizations. This talk departures from the basis of organizational theory, defines formal organization, and relates this notion to the two forms of institutions: grown institutions and decided institutions. Decided institutions are the result of decision for others, usually backed by a formal organization. Grown institutions are the result of mutual adjustment of actors, essentially taken for granted that cannot be planned. This talk analyses the two ways institutions come about. Thereby the scope conditions of each of the two forms of institution in relation to organizational theory are spelled out. The notion of organization is central for understanding decided institutions, but not for grown institutions.