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Institutional work
                                     

Institutional work

Created by Thomas Lawrence and Roy Suddaby, the concept of institutional work refers to" the broad category of purposive action aimed at creating, maintaining, and disrupting institutions and businesses.” The focus of institutional work shifts away from more traditional institutional scholarship that offers strong accounts of the processes through which institutions govern action and, instead, examines how individuals’ active agency affects institutions. More recently the added value of the concept is explored in the context of environmental governance, where it offers novel opportunities for analysing the interactions between actors and institutional structures that produce stability and flexibility in governance systems.

In later work, Lawrence et al. 2011, pp. 52–53 specified the interest of institutional work in" the myriad, day-to-day equivocal instances of agency that, although aimed at affecting the institutional order, represent a complex melange of forms of agency - successful and not, simultaneously radical and conservative, strategic and emotional, full of compromises, and rife with unintended consequences.

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