Organizational fields and the structuration perspective: analytical possibilities

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Clóvis L. Machado-da-Silva
Edson R. Guarido Filho
Luciano Rossoni


The concept of the organizational field has been greatly dealt with in the literature on institutional theory in recent years. As the concept of field involves a relational and symbolic dimension, we propose that the theory of structuration, based on the logic of recursiveness between agency and structure should be adapted to the understanding of the field dynamically. In this way, the objective of this theoretical essay is to deal with the dynamic of the organizational field using structurationist logic, allowing that from this logic we recall both the importance of the practice in the structuration process of the organizational field and the historical and recursive character which may constrain or enable the actions of social actors. To this end, we revise the concept of field in different perspectives of analysis, reflecting on the implication of the theoretical presuppositions of each approach and then discuss in a critical manner the theoretical foundation of the structuration process of organizational fields based on the structurationist approach. We conclude the paper with propositions pertaining to the revision of the concept of field from a multiparadigmatic viewpoint in which structure and agency are recursively implied.


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Machado-da-Silva, C. L., Guarido Filho, E. R., & Rossoni, L. (2018). Organizational fields and the structuration perspective: analytical possibilities. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 14(spe), 109-147.