The Communicative Constitution of Institutions

The idea of a communicative constitution of organization (CCO) is gaining more and more momentum. The next issue of the Academy of Management Review (Vol. 40, Issue 1) will feature a special topic forum on institutions and institutionalism, and the introduction by Cornelissen, Durand, Fiss, Lammers, and Vaara is Putting Communication Front and Center in Institutional Theory and Analysis. Be sure to check it out when it becomes available.

The CCO perspective and institutional theory may indeed find common ground at the level of communication events and episodes. Our upcoming edited volume on Organization as Communication in Routledge’s Communication Series will address Opportunities of Communicational Convergence (Sandhu, 2015) of the two.

Meanwhile, Higher Education published our latest article Towards a Micro Foundation of Leadership, Governance, and Management in Universities (Blaschke, Frost, and Hattke, 2014), which develops the below model of micro patterns and macro modes. (Email me if you don’t have access to the article, I’ll be happy to send you the PDF.) Again, another take on the communicative constitution of institutions.

Macro Modes and Micro Patterns

Macro Modes and Micro Patterns (Blaschke, Frost, & Hattke, 2014, p. 714)



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