Responding to Institutional Complexity: The Role of Identity

53 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2013

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Farah Kodeih

Reims Management School (RMS)

Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

How organizations cope with multiple and sometimes conflicting institutional demands is an increasingly familiar yet little understood question. This paper examines how four French business schools responded to demands that they internationalize their management education whilst retaining their traditional identities. We trace the role played by field-level actors in pushing and articulating competing logics and the importance of institutional and organizational identity in how organizations respond. By highlighting the role of identity aspirations we show that what matters is not how an organization sees itself – i.e., what it is – but how it wants to see itself – i.e., what it wishes to become. Finally, we unpack and explain why status differences across organizations affect the nature of the opportunities that are perceived and the scale and format of the responses that are implemented.

Keywords: Institutional complexity, Institutional logics, Organizational identity, Status

Suggested Citation

Kodeih, Farah and Greenwood, Royston, Responding to Institutional Complexity: The Role of Identity (June 1, 2012). Organization Studies, Forthcoming, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-516, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2274848

Farah Kodeih (Contact Author)

Reims Management School (RMS) ( email )

Reims
France

Royston Greenwood

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

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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