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Institutional biography and the institutionalization of a new organizational template: Building the global branded hotel chain

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Charles Harvey, Professor Roy Suddaby



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This paper expands understanding of how institutional biography may inform institutional change by examining Conrad Hilton's role in building the global hotel chain (1946-1969). We show how an individual's institutional biography can play a pivotal role in their development as an institutional entrepreneur and the institutionalization of a new organizational template.

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Author(s): Maclean M, Harvey C, Suddaby R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Business History

Year: 2024

Volume: 66

Issue: 1

Pages: 311-339

Online publication date: 10/02/2022

Acceptance date: 12/01/2019

Date deposited: 19/01/2022

ISSN (print): 0007-6791

ISSN (electronic): 1743-7938

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2022.2031988


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