A tropological theory of institutionalization

J. A. A. Sillince, J. R. Barker

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    Abstract

    We address the co-evolution of language and material practices during institutionalization by proposing a tropological model of institutionalization that integrates linguistic and practice-oriented approaches into a four-stage sequence: Metaphor enables members to inaugurate institutional change by inspiring and energizing initial movement. Members use metonymy to operationalize the emerging institution by demonstrating how it can become expected practice. Synecdoche is used to facilitate diffusion, standardizing the institution across time and space. When material practice is noticeably contrary to linguistic claims, however, members use irony to bring about deinstitutionalization and generate another inaugurating metaphor. The model further proposes that ritualized actions dramatize each trope, highlighting its symbolic meaning and embedding distinct material practices that serve both to institutionalize the practice and to facilitate boundary crossing to the next trope. The paper goes beyond current literature by offering an integrated theory of trope and ritual as an explanation of how institutions are simultaneously symbolic-linguistic and practice-material.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages7-38
    Number of pages32
    JournalOrganization Studies
    Volume33
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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    Linguistics
    Institutionalization
    Institutional change
    Language
    Boundary crossing
    Integrated
    Deinstitutionalization
    Coevolution

    Keywords

    • social construction
    • institutionalization
    • ritual
    • strategic change
    • metaphors
    • discourse
    • TQM adoption
    • transformation
    • fields
    • trope
    • rhetoric
    • work
    • organization theory
    • embedded agency
    • deinstitutionalization
    • institution

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    Sillince, J. A. A. ; Barker, J. R. / A tropological theory of institutionalization. In: Organization Studies. 2012 ; Vol. 33, No. 1. pp. 7-38.
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