Constructing and Disrupting Ireland's Industrial Development Authority

Paul Donnelly, Dublin Institute of Technology

Document Type Article

Cadernos-EBAPE 8(2): 302-22 [Online]. Available:


Actor-network theory is considered to have great potential for broadening and deepening our grasp of institutional work (LAWRENCE; SUDDABY, 2006). Given its focus on process, ANT offers a means to breathe life into the practices associated with institutionalization. With Callon’s (1986) four moments of translation as analytical lens, and with Ireland’s Industrial Development Authority as empirical example, I seek to address the concerns of Clegg and Machado da Silva (2009) by reconsidering “the role of agency, power, persistence and change in the process of institutionalization”.