HOW TO STUDY TAKEN-FOR-GRANTED INSTITUTIONS?
The aim of this network proposal is to bring together scholars engaged in studying institutions that are taken for granted. These institutions are collective beliefs, norms and social structures that shape organizations and are widely regarded as normal and self-evident. For instance, it is considered normal for organizations to engage in hierarchical decision-making or to have
an HR department whereas a sustainability unit is (still) considered optional. When institutions are taken for granted, they become “invisible” and are no longer articulated, scrutinized, or contested, which makes them particularly powerful and resilient social forces. Taken-forgranted institutions become visible, however, when they are “undone”, for instance during the (digital) disruption of industries. Prior to being “undone”, they are particularly difficult to
study empirically because they are not explicitly articulated and, thereby, not easily accessible through standard methods. This network will bring together scholars with knowledge and research experience in different methodologies and methods that can be applied to identify, study and reveal taken-for-granted institutions before they disrupt.
International Network Programme