ECO9004 Contemporary strands of institutional theory and their application to management and accounting

September 7-9, 2021; November 2-3, 2021

​​​​ECTS credits: 7,5

Level of course: PhD

Type of course: Elective

Duration: 5 days

Study period: September 7-9, 2021; November 2-3, 2021

Year of study: The course is relevant for PhD students at all stages of their PhD project

Study place:  Nord University, Bodø, Norway / Zoom

Faculty responsible: Nord University Business School

Language of instruction: English       

Course responsible person: Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov, Professor Giuseppe Grossi, PostDoc Evgenii Aleksandrov, Associate Professor Daniela Argento, Professor Katarina Kaarbøe

Costs: The course itself is free of charge. The course participants must themselves cover the costs for travel, meals and their accommodation during the course. ​

Course evaluation: Students evaluate the course by final evaluation. These evaluations are included in the university's quality assurance system.

​Course contents:

An increasing number of research communities in social science acknowledge the need for inter-disciplinary approach in conventional studies. In such conditions, understanding the 'theoretical lenses' repertoire and its potential to extend previous knowledge becomes crucial under the quest for contribution to the literature.

The overall aim of this course is to learn and reflect upon the contemporary streams of institutional theory and their application to management and accounting research. Specifically, the course ambition is to equip PhD students with a deeper understanding of institutional logics, institutional entrepreneurship and institutional work, and how these streams can be connected to their own research projects. These three streams of institutional theory are becoming increasingly valuable in management and accounting research. At the same time, they are challenging to use under theoretical pluralism agendas. In this regard, the opportunities and challenges of these streams will be examined during the course. In a long-term perspective, the course seeks to contribute to the development of PhD students' analytical and critical skills, and therefore facilitate the number of individual and joint international publications.

The course will consist of the following parts:

Part 1. Overview on institutional theory and its application to management and accounting research

Day 1:

1.1 General presentation and discussion of contemporary development of management and accounting research with institutional theory as theoretical lens:

  • the value of institutional theory for conceptualizing management and accounting research;

  • institutional theory and the structure-agency issue;

  • from old streams (isomorphism and decoupling) to new streams of institutional theory;

1.2 Institutional logics and its application to management and accounting research:

  • presentation of theory and its analytical tools;

  • discussion of examples of theory use in management and accounting literature;

1.3 Presentation and discussion of student draft papers.​

Day 2:

2.1 Institutional entrepreneurship and its application to management and accounting research:

  • presentation of theory and its analytical tools;

  • discussion of examples of theory use in management and accounting literature;

2.2 Institutional work and its application to management and accounting research:

  • presentation of theory and its analytical tools;

  • discussion of examples of theory use in management and accounting literature;

2.3 Presentation and discussion of student draft papers.

Day 3:

3.1 Combining theories and theoretical pluralism:

  • the value of domain and method theory distinction.

  • possible paradigmatic issues and justifications for theories combinations;

  • discussion of examples from management and accounting studies, personal reflections of the faculty and PhD students;

    1. Presentation and discussion of student draft papers. 

Part 2. Advanced application of institutional theory 

The second part of the course consists of a 2 days gathering devoted to discuss the how students have applied institutional theory to their research areas. Students, who have submitted an advanced version of their paper, and faculty will engage in parallel sessions of presentations and discussions of students work. The course will end up with the follow up by the faculty and presentation of further actions in relation to the course exit requirements.  

The course will be arranged through combining the competencies of Nord University Business School and its partners from other Scandinavian universities, therefore, enhancing the Nordic research cooperation. Faculty will be represented by:

  • PostDoc Evgenii Aleksandrov (Nord University Business School, Norway)

  • Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov (Nord University Business School, Norway)

  • Professor Giuseppe Grossi (Nord University Business School, Norway)

  • Professor Katarina Kaarbøe (Norwegian School of Economics, Norway)

  • Associate Professor Daniela Argento (Kristianstad University, Sweden)​

 

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge

On completion of the course, the candidate should be able to:

  • have advanced knowledge and understanding of institutional theory and its contemporary streams;

  • evaluate and analyze the distinctions between institutional theory streams;

  • understand the challenges connected with the applications and combination of the contemporary streams of institutional theory;

  • contribute to the development of institutional theories in management and/or accounting research;

Skills

On completion of the course, the candidate should be able to:

  • critically assess the analytical value of the theories treated in the PhD course and formulate relevant problem statements;

  • connect own research projects with the analytical tools presented in the PhD course in both oral and written form;

  • critically examine the work of peers and deal with the challenges of applying theories to own research projects.

Competence

On completion of the course, the candidate should be able to:

  • identify relevant theoretical problem statements, their applicability and potential contribution to the literature with the use of contemporary institutional theory streams;

  • manage interdisciplinary research projects and apply current institutional theory streams;

  • discuss and give feedback to research related to institutional theory use. ​

Especially recommended elective courses:

No

 

Offered as a free-standing course:

Yes

 

Prerequisites:

To take this course, the student has to be enrolled in PhD program at his/her institution.

 

Recommended previous knowledge:

The course is offered on a PhD-level from the fields of management and accounting. It is relevant for students at any stage of their PhD project who are dealing (or expecting to deal) with the use of institutional theory in their research.

 

Mode of delivery:

Face-to-face.

 

Learning activities and teaching methods:

Lectures, assignments, individual presentations and comments on written work.

 

Assessment methods and criteria:

The course consists of one pre-assignment (i.e. draft paper), attendance and active participation in five days of class work and one final individual assignment (i.e. course paper). The pre-assignment consists in reading of the course literature (see Recommended or required reading) and preparing a short draft paper to be subsequently presented and discussed in the first part of the course. Students will work with the feedback by revising and expanding their papers to be presented in the second part of the course. The course foresees obligatory participation and integrates lectures by the course faculty, discussions of the course literature and presentations of own work (draft paper) by the participants. The participants will need to submit the final individual assignment (course paper, approx. 7 000 words) within one month after the conclusion of the course. The grades passed/not passed applies.

 

Recommended or required reading: ​

Compulsory reading (to be updated with additional reading before the course starts):

Battilana, J. (2006). “Agency and institutions: The 'enabling role of individuals' social position", Organization, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 653-676.

Battilana, J., & D'Aunno, T. (2009). “Institutional work and the paradox of embedded agency", in Lawrence, T., Suddaby, R., and Leca, B. (Eds.), Institutional Work: Actors and Agency in Institutional Studies of Organizations, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp.31-58.

Battilana, J., Leca, B., & Boxenbaum, E. (2009), “How actors change institutions: towards a theory of institutional entrepreneurship", The Academy of Management Annals, Vol. 3 No.1, pp. 65-107.

Czarniawska, B. (2009), "Emerging institutions: pyramids or anthills?", Organization Studies, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 423-441.

DiMaggio, P. J. (1988), “Interest and agency in institutional theory", Institutional patterns and organizations: Culture and environment, Vol. 1, pp. 3-22.

Friedland, R. and Alford, R. R. (1991). “Bringing Society Back In: Symbols, Practices and Institutional Contradictions," in Walter W. Powell and Paul DiMaggio (Eds.), The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 232-263.

Greenwood, R., & Suddaby, R. (2006), “Institutional entrepreneurship in mature fields: The big five accounting firms", Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 49 No.1, pp. 27-48.

Johansen, C. B., & Waldorff, S. B. (2017), “What are Institutional Logics - and Where is the Perspective Taking Us?", In Mazza, C., Meyer, R., Krucken, G. & Walgenbach, P. (Eds.), New Themes in Institutional Analysis: Topics and Issues from European Research, Chelterham: Edward Elgar.

Hampel, Christian, Lawrence, Thomas B. and Tracey, P. (2015), “Institutional work: Taking stock and making it matter", In: Greenwood, Royston, Oliver, Christine, Lawrence, Thomas B. and Meyer, Renate, (eds.) SAGE Handbook of organizational institutionalism (2nd ed.). UK SAGE, London, pp. 557-590.

Lawrence, T., & Suddaby, R. (2006). “Institutions and Institutional Work", in Clegg, S. R., Hardy, C., Lawrence, T., & Nord, W. R.  (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Organization Studies, Sage, London, pp.215-254.

Lawrence, T., Leca, B., & Zilber, T. (2013). “Institutional work: Current research, new directions and overlooked issues", Organization Studies, Vol.34 No.8, pp.1023-1033.

Lawrence, T., Suddaby, R. and Leca, B. (2009), “Introduction: Theorizing and studying institutional work",  in Lawrence, T., Suddaby, R., and Leca, B. (Eds.), Institutional Work: Actors and Agency in Institutional Studies of Organizations, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp.1-27

Lawrence, T., Suddaby, R., & Leca, B. (2011). “Institutional work: Refocusing institutional studies of organization", Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol.20 No.1, pp.52-58.

Lukka, K. and Vinnari, E. (2014), "Domain theory and method theory in management accounting research", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 27 No. 8, pp. 1308-1338.

Modell, S., Vinnari, E. and Lukka, K. (2017), "On the virtues and vices of combining theories: The case of institutional and actor-network theories in accounting research", Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 60, pp. 62-78.

Seo, M.-G., & Creed, W. D. (2002), “Institutional contradictions, praxis, and institutional change: A dialectical perspective", Academy of Management Review, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 222-247.

Thornton, P. H., Ocasio, W. and Lounsbury, M. (2012), The Institutional Logics Perspective. A new approach to culture, structure, and process, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 50-74.

Zilber, T. B. (2013). “Institutional logics and institutional work: Should they be agreed?", Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol.39, pp.77-96.

 

 

Overlapping courses:

Not applicable.



Appli​​c​​a​tion
Application deadline: July 5, 2021

Practical information

The city of Bodø

Bodø is home to around 50,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a lively urban scene.

 

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Getting to Bodø


  • Bodø is the hub of Nordland and can be reached by plane, train and boat. 
  • Bodø's airport is located in the city itself, making it quick and easy to fly in and out. Oslo Gardemoen is a 90 minute flight away.

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Transport in Bodø

  • The main campus is located at Mørkved, about 9 kilometers from the centre of Bodø.
  • It is easy to take the bus from the airport or city center to campus.

Accomodation in Bodø

  • At campus there is a student hotel “Nordavind” which offers short-time rent. For more information. 
  • You may also stay at a hotel in the centre of Bodø.
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