Thursday, December 13, 2012

Embedded in Hybrid Contexts: How Individuals in Organizations Respond to Competing Institutional Logics

PACHE Anne-Claire, SANTOS Filipe
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Research in the Sociology of Organizations Vol. 39, Michael Lounsbury, Eva Boxenbaum (Eds.), Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2013) 3-35

In order to advance the micro-foundations of institutional theory, we explore how individuals within organizations experience and respond to competing institutional logics. Starting with the premises that these responses are driven by the individuals’ degree of adherence to each competing logic (whether novice, familiar, or identified), and that individuals may resort to five types of responses (ignorance, compliance, resistance, combination or, compartmentalization), we develop a comprehensive model that predicts which response organizational members are likely to activate as they face two competing logics. Our model contributes to an emergent political theory of institutional change by predicting what role organizational members are likely to play in the organizational battles for logics dominance or in organizational attempts at crafting hybrid configurations.