Quotation Semper, Daniel, Fleischmann, Alexander. 2021. Dis/ableism in the Workplace: An Outline for a Critical Institutional Research Program. EGOS Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 08.07.-10.07.




Institutional theory has long been criticized for black-boxing power phenomena or treating them from a privileged and seemingly neutral standpoint. We respond to calls to scrutinize the underlying power dynamics of institutional processes by drawing on insights from power theories and phenomenologically grounded neo-institutionalism. In so doing, we conceptualize how institutionalized workplace myths positionalize typified actors, i.e., groups of individuals with common ascribed features, along a categorical distinction that depicts them as either able or disabled. We address possible approaches to undermine the categorical nature of power positionalization inherent in institutionalized myths. Our concluding remarks build on a moral compass that motivates our guiding questions which aim at helping researchers identify the flipside of institutional arrangements and the underlying dynamics.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Dis/ableism in the Workplace: An Outline for a Critical Institutional Research Program
Event EGOS Conference
Year 2021
Date 08.07.-10.07.
Country Netherlands
Location Amsterdam


Semper, Daniel (Details)
Fleischmann, Alexander (IMD Lausanne, Switzerland)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
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