Code Breaking: How Entrepreneurs Exploit Cultural Logics to Generate Institutional Change

Hayagreeva Rao, Simona Giorgi

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If institutions are durable, how do they change from within and from without? We build on the emerging synthesis of social movement theory and institutional theory and articulate how institutional entrepreneurs from within and without deploy pre-existing cultural logics to push forward their institutional projects. We develop propositions, which show how the success of these framing activities is contingent on political opportunity, and illustrate them with a wide range of extreme cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-304
Number of pages36
JournalResearch in Organizational Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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