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Organizações & Sociedade

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CRUZ, Guillermo. A criticism of the use of ideal types in studies on institutional logics. Organ. Soc. [online]. 2016, vol.23, n.79, pp.646-655. ISSN 1984-9230.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1984-9230711.

A line of research directed towards studying how the preferences, identities, values, and assumptions of individuals and organizations are embedded in institutional logics has been established within the institutional area in recent years. One of the alternatives proposed to study the logic of organizational fields comprises using “ideal types”. In this article, I seek to reflect on the use of ideal types by some authors on institutionalism in studies on the logics present in the contexts studied. I argue that there is a misreading of what is advocated by Weber with respect to ideal-type construction, ignoring the issue of axiological neutrality and the impossibility of ideal types being found empirically. In this respect, I argue that the way in which ideal types are used in studies on institutional logics needs to be reconsidered, taking these issues into consideration.

Keywords : Institutionalism; Institutional Logics; Ideal Types; Theoretical Article.

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