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Hybridity and Institutional Logics

Organizational Hybridity: Perspectives, Processes, Promises

ISBN: 978-1-83909-355-5, eISBN: 978-1-83909-354-8

Publication date: 7 December 2020


This chapter identifies assumptions, conceptual issues and challenges in the literature on hybrid organizations that draws on the institutional logics perspective. The authors build on the existing literature reviews as well as on an analysis of the 10 most cited and 10 most recently published articles at the intersection of hybrid organizations and institutional logics. The authors further draw from the literature on theory construction and theory development and growth to strengthen our analysis of this body of work and reflect upon future theoretical developments. From this analysis, the authors highlight four challenges to current research on organizational hybridity with an institutional logics lens and develop four suggestions to inspire future research. In doing so, they aim at seeding a more nuanced use of the institutional logics perspective and thereby foster the development of innovative and cumulative theory and empirical research on organizational hybridity.




Both authors contributed equally to this paper. The authors would like to sincerely thank Julie Battilana, Marya Besharov, Bob Doherty, Helen Haugh, Matthew Lee, Fergus Lyon and Bjoern Mitzinneck for their invaluable reviews of the literature on organizational hybridity. In being asked to be provocateurs, the authors found it difficult to find limitations in their reviews. The claims that they challenge in this article at the intersection of hybridity and logics should not be read as criticism of their work, but rather as evidence of the authors’ great interest in engaging in a fertile conversation with them and, more broadly, scholars in the field.


Pache, A.-C. and Thornton, P.H. (2020), "Hybridity and Institutional Logics", Besharov, M.L. and Mitzinneck, B.C. (Ed.) Organizational Hybridity: Perspectives, Processes, Promises (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 69), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 29-52.



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