Toward a Morally Reflective Institutional Analysis

Risi, David (2017). Toward a Morally Reflective Institutional Analysis Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017(1), p. 10512. 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.10512abstract

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Using the example of institutional research on moral issues in organizations and management, we show that most studies neglect values as research object and/or as basis for reflection. The precarious status of values has again a negative effect on institutional research’s (practical) relevance and its theoretical reflexivity. Therefore, we develop an institutional theory that equally considers values as object of research and basis for reflection. We label this approach morally reflective institutional analysis. Such an approach can contribute as follows: First, in line with pragmatist thinking, a morally reflective institutional analysis puts specific focus on how findings may be used in practice. This takes account of the concern that institutional theory has lost of its (practical) relevance. Second, by combining normative and descriptive examination, a morally reflective institutional analysis similarly responds to institutionalists calling for more attention to values and those indicating the lack of value-focused reflection. Finally, by developing an approach that considers morality in its descriptive and normative sense, the study allows for merging the hitherto separated paradigms in management research on moral issues, i.e. a normative approach rooted in philosophy and a descriptive approach underpinned by the social sciences.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


Business School > Institute for Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship
Business School > Institute for Sustainable Business


Risi, David0000-0003-1652-8806






David Risi

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06 Oct 2020 07:07

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18 Jul 2023 21:46

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Institutional theory, moral issues, values


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