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Title: Institutional voids and organization studies: Towards an epistemological rupture
Authors: Bothello, Joel
Nason, Robert S.
Schnyder, Gerhard
Keywords: Institutional voids
Conceptual stretching
Epistemological rupture
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by SAGE Publications
Citation: BOTHELLO, J., NASON, R.S. and SCHNYDER, G., 2019. Institutional voids and organization studies: Towards an epistemological rupture. Organization Studies, doi:10.1177/0170840618819037.
Abstract: In this essay, we critique the usage of the term ‘institutional void’ to characterize nonWestern contexts in organizational studies. We explore how ‘conceptual stretching’ of institutional voids – specifically, the theoretical and geographic expansion of the concept – has led not only to poor construct clarity, but also pejorative labeling of non-Western countries. We argue that research using this term perpetuates an ethnocentric bias by deifying market development and overlooking the richness and power of informal and non-market institutions in shaping local economic activity. We call for an ‘epistemological rupture’ to decolonize organizational scholarship in non-Western settings and facilitate contextually grounded research approaches that allow for more indigenous theorization.
Description: This paper was published in the journal Organization Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618819037.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0170840618819037
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/36638
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618819037
ISSN: 0170-8406
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