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Processes for Retrenching Logics: The Alberta Oil Sands Case, 2008–2011

Institutional Logics in Action, Part A

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 1 January 2013

Abstract

Why do significant cultural anomalies frequently fail to generate change in institutional logics? Current process models offer a number of direct ways to enable the creation and diffusion of ideas and practices, but the resistance to adoption and diffusion, something so emphasized by the old institutionalism, has not been incorporated as directly in those models in a way that allows us to answer this question. Therefore, we theorize three retrenchment processes that impede innovation: cultural positioning, behavioral resistance, and feedback shaping. The ways in which these processes work are detailed in a case study of one high profile cultural anomaly: oil production and environmental management in Alberta’s oil sands from 2008 to 2011. Implications for the institutional logics perspective and understanding logics in action are discussed.

Citation

Misutka, P.J., Coleman, C.K., Devereaux Jennings, P. and Hoffman, A.J. (2013), "Processes for Retrenching Logics: The Alberta Oil Sands Case, 2008–2011", Lounsbury, M. and Boxenbaum, E. (Ed.) Institutional Logics in Action, Part A (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 39 Part A), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 131-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X(2013)0039AB009

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