Institutional Maintenance in an Elite Organization

Siebert, S. , Wilson, F. and Hamilton, J. (2014) Institutional Maintenance in an Elite Organization. In: 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1-5 Aug 2014, (doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2014.15696a) (Unpublished)

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This paper contributes to the literature on maintenance of institutions through the analysis of the case of an ancient Scottish institution – the Faculty of Advocates (Scottish barristers). Using a synthesis of two theoretical frameworks – institutional work and organizational geography – we analyse the micro-processes by which institutionalized practices have been maintained over many centuries in a form largely unchanged. Drawing on an analysis of ethnographic data, we seek to make a two-fold contribution to institutional maintenance literature. Firstly, by extending the concept of institutional work we propose that organizational actors may use the enactment of space as a way of reproducing institutions over time. Secondly, we find, paradoxically, that organizational actors occupying peripheral positions are less likely to demonstrate willingness to engage in entrepreneurial action than those at the centre of the institution who are most privileged by existing institutional arrangements.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Professor Fiona and Siebert, Professor Sabina
Authors: Siebert, S., Wilson, F., and Hamilton, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
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