Institutional Complexity and Organizational Responses

The Academy of Management Annals, Vol. 5, No. 1, June 2011, 317-371

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-31

Posted: 20 May 2013

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Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Mia Raynard

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

Farah Kodeih

Reims Management School (RMS)

Evelyn Micelotta

Independent

Michael Lounsbury

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: May 17, 2010

Abstract

Organizations face institutional complexity whenever they confront incompatible prescriptions from multiple institutional logics. Our interest is in how plural institutional logics, refracted through field-level structures and processes, are experienced within organizations and how organizations respond to such complexity. We draw on a variety of cognate literatures to discuss the field-level structural characteristics and organizational attributes that shape institutional complexity. We then explore the repertoire of strategies and structures that organizations deploy to cope with multiple, competing demands. The analytical framework developed herein is presented to guide future scholarship in the systematic analysis of institutional complexity. We conclude by suggesting avenues for future research.

Suggested Citation

Greenwood, Royston and Raynard, Mia and Kodeih, Farah and Micelotta, Evelyn and Lounsbury, Michael, Institutional Complexity and Organizational Responses (May 17, 2010). The Academy of Management Annals, Vol. 5, No. 1, June 2011, 317-371; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266644

Royston Greenwood (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Mia Raynard

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

Austria

Farah Kodeih

Reims Management School (RMS) ( email )

Reims
France

Evelyn Micelotta

Independent

No Address Available

Michael Lounsbury

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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