Logic Pluralism, Organizational Design, and Practice Adoption: The Structural Embeddedness of CSR Programs

Institutional Logics in Action, Part B

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 1 January 2013

Abstract

The institutional logics perspective highlights how organizations are embedded within broader systems of meaning and how this embeddedness activates salient institutional logics in organizations that can enable or constrain organizational decisions, practices, and actions. We investigate a core premise of the institutional logics perspective, that of the alignment of institutional logics and organizational practices and design, in the organizational adoption of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. We hypothesize that, in the adoption of practices, organizations will house those practices in structural units that align with the logic emphasized by the practice: when adopting practices reflecting a market logic, organizations will locate them in mainline business units, such as marketing; conversely, when adopting practices reflecting a community logic, organizations will locate them in non-mainline business units, such as corporate or philanthropic foundations. Using survey and archival data from 161 Fortune 500 (F500) firms, we find support for our hypotheses. Our findings reveal how institutional logics serve as underlying lynchpins, connecting organizational practices to organizational design so as to reinforce and enable each other.

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Glynn, M. and Raffaelli, R. (2013), "Logic Pluralism, Organizational Design, and Practice Adoption: The Structural Embeddedness of CSR Programs", 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. 175-197. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X(2013)0039AB019

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