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

Institutional Logics in Action, Part B

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 1 January 2013

Abstract

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.

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Pache, A.-C. and Santos, F. (2013), "Embedded in Hybrid Contexts: How Individuals in Organizations Respond to Competing Institutional Logics", Lounsbury, M. and Boxenbaum, E. (Ed.) Institutional Logics in Action, Part B (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 39 Part B), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 3-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X(2013)0039AB014

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