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A Research Note on Institutional Logics and Entrepreneurial Action: The Case of Black Church Organizations
Vol. Volume 16 Number 4 December/2011

Richard N. Hayes Jeffrey A. Robinson
What role do institutions play in the development of entrepreneurial ventures? What factors influence whether organizations will engage in entrepreneurial activity? While research has examined the individual and group-level characteristics of entrepreneurs, this paper explores the role of institutions and organizations in the development of entrepreneurial ventures. Using the “Black Church” as an institutional context, we predict entrepreneurial activity patterns of individual congregations based on denomination-specific institutional logics—rules and norms that either facilitate or constrain organizational action.

Keywords: Institutional theory, Church entrepreneurship.