The 4th Witten Conference on Institutional Change dealt with “Institutional Pathologies”. The purpose of this two-day conference in February 2018 was to improve our theoretical understanding of massively disturbed social entities (institutions, organizations, networks). This is not only a scientifically demanding task, it is also a practically very important concern, since theoretically robust diagnoses of institutional pathologies immediately imply the question, political and otherwise, whether something can and should be done about them. There is a growing research literature already dealing with dysfunctional organizations, primarily business firms and other organizations within the economic sphere. The topic of “social pathologies” finds increasing attention also within social psychology and social philosophy.
The 4th Witten Conference The conference was sponsored by WINIR, the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research and generously supported by the Aktionsgemeinschaft Soziale Marktwirtschaft (ASM).