Identity within the microfoundations of institutions: A historical review

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Identities provide a human link between macro-level mechanisms and microfoundations of institutions. Yet, as the literature on identity within the microfoundations of institutions has developed, scholars have begun to shift their understanding of “who” populates the microfoundations of institutions. This chapter offers a historical review of this niche, but growing, area of research. More specifically, the author identifies and discusses three phases of research on identity within the microfoundations of institutions, their ontological and epistemological assumptions, and their implications for the area. To conclude, the author reflects on the possible theoretical avenues for future research on identities within the microfoundations of institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-249
Number of pages15
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2019

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