Special issue introduction: Historical research on institutional change

Stephanie Decker, Behlül Üsdiken, Lars Engwall, Michael Rowlinson

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Both business historians and organisation studies scholars study institutional change to understand the interactions between business and society. However, research approaches differ fundamentally, with organisational research focusing on theory-driven explanations, whereas historical research is rather theory-informed. The consequence of such disciplinary orientation is that interdisciplinary conversations rarely occur. For this special issue, we invited submissions that address how historical research can contribute to our understanding of institutional change while demonstrating ‘dual integrity’ in terms of being significant pieces of historical research that provide us with new insights into historiography and at the same time addressing important theoretical concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-627
Number of pages15
JournalBusiness History
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018


  • historical neo-institutionalism
  • Institutional change
  • institutional logic
  • institutional theory
  • institutional work


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