New Institutional Theory


Institutions create new approaches to managing the work environment while scholars seek new leadership models that diverge from traditional scientific and psychological theories of management. One model, New Institutional Theory (NIT), arose from a need to shift management discourse from scientific theories of management to sociological and cultural theories of work and the workplace. Thus, NIT is a process of understanding the historical reasons related to how and why institutions function.

NIT arises from an interest in sociological and organizational theory of the past 40 years and holds that people’s ideas and actions may shape reality over time (Berger & Luckmann, 1966).

Cultural studies scholars may incorporate and problematize NIT within a variety of contexts.

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