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“Meet the Movers and the Shakers of the Industry”

“Meet the Movers and the Shakers of the Industry”

The Social Construction of Business Interests

(p.109) Chapter Four “Meet the Movers and the Shakers of the Industry”
Solidarity in Strategy
Lyn Spillman
University of Chicago Press

This chapter builds on the insights of neoinstitutionalist theory, which has suggested a cultural role for business associations in the production and reproduction of “industry interests.” Arguing that recent neoinstitutionalist analysis has been overly preoccupied with questions about change and relies on unexamined assumptions about how orientations for economic action are reproduced and inculcated, the chapter shows how business associations routinely produce and reproduce cognitive categories, networks, and industry fields. This account also shows that recent work by economic sociologists on the importance of cognition, networks, and fields for economic action helps understand mechanisms of institutional production and reproduction.

Keywords:   neoinstitutionalist theory, social construction, business interests, business associations, cultural change, economic action

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