Reinfusing values

Matthew S. Kraatz, Ricardo Flores

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While many modern institutionalists have shown a renewed interest in Philip Selznick's early work, previous efforts to reincorporate his perspective have given relatively little attention to values (which are the most central element of the theory itself). This paper addresses this disconnect by: (1) revisiting Selznick's key arguments about values and explaining their various roles in his thought, (2) expressing a theoretical framework through which values could be "reinfused" into the contemporary institutional literature and, (3) developing six different proposals for theory and research which do just this. These proposals are offered as an a la carte menu of possibilities, rather than a programmatic agenda for reform. While we hope that our paper will facilitate a renewed focus on values within institutional theory, we do not see this as a theoretical imperative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-381
Number of pages29
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
StatePublished - 2015


  • Humanist science
  • Institutional theory
  • Normative theory
  • Philip Selznick
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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