Filtering Institutional Logics: Community Logic Variation and Differential Responses to the Institutional Complexity of Toxic Waste

Organization Science, Volume 26, Issue 3, Page Range 847-866

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2726695

Posted: 3 Feb 2016

See all articles by Min-Dong Paul Lee

Min-Dong Paul Lee

Department of Business and Economics, Wheaton College

Michael Lounsbury

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: February 11, 2015

Abstract

Although many recent studies have emphasized the multiplicity of institutional logics and the competition among them, how some institutional logics become prioritized over others in shaping organizational decisions is undertheorized. Drawing on panel data of 118 industrial facilities across 34 communities in Texas and Louisiana, we show that the saliency of different kinds of community logics significantly affects environmental practices — specifically, toxic waste emissions — of facilities in a community. Our results show that community logics not only have direct effects but also have indirect effects by filtering organizational reactions to broader field-level institutional logics. We theorize how community logics can amplify or dampen the influence of broader field-level logics and discuss the implications for the study of institutional complexity, social movements, and values in the configuration of institutional logics.

Keywords: institutional theory, sustainability/corporate environmentalism, social responsibility, economic sociology

Suggested Citation

Lee, Min-Dong Paul and Lounsbury, Michael, Filtering Institutional Logics: Community Logic Variation and Differential Responses to the Institutional Complexity of Toxic Waste (February 11, 2015). Organization Science, Volume 26, Issue 3, Page Range 847-866; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2726695. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2726695

Min-Dong Paul Lee (Contact Author)

Department of Business and Economics, Wheaton College ( email )

501 College Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187
United States
(630) 752-5312 (Phone)

Michael Lounsbury

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

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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