Institutional continuity and the Dutch construction industry fiddle

Sminia, Harry (2011) Institutional continuity and the Dutch construction industry fiddle. Organization Studies, 32 (11). pp. 1559-1585. ISSN 0170-8406

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The article deals with the question of how institutional continuity is realized. It presents an analysis of the continuation of the institution of pre-consultation in the Dutch construction industry over a period of nine years, after this was declared illegal as a consequence of European Union regulations. The analysis utilizes a structuration-based practice approach to institutionalization. The findings suggest that institutional continuity is a matter of a social mechanism which emerges as a consequence of the particular way in which practices are enacted, and which has the effect of repairing and/or concealing contradiction so that change is not initiated.