Look What's Back! Institutional Complexity, Reversibility and the Knotting of Logics

21 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2016

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Davide Nicolini

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Giuseppe Delmestri

University of Bocconi - Organization and Human Resources Management Department

Elizabeth Goodrick

Florida Atlantic University - Department of Industry Studies

Trish Reay

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Kajsa Lindberg

University of Gothenburg

Petra Adolfsson

University of Gothenburg - Göteborg Research Institute

Date Written: February 2016

Abstract

Through a comparative historical study of community pharmacy in the UK, Italy, Sweden and the USA, the authors examine what happens to institutional arrangements designed to resolve ongoing conflicts between institutional logics over extended periods of time. It is found that institutional arrangements can reflect the heterogeneity of multiple logics without resulting in hybridization or dominance. Because logics remain active, similar conflicts can reappear multiple times. It is found that the durability of the configurations of competing logics reflects the characteristics of the polities in which fields are embedded. The dominance of any societal institutional order leads to more stable field‐level arrangements. The authors suggest that the metaphor of institutional knots and the related image of institutional knotting are useful to capture aspects of this dynamic and to foreground the discursive and material work that allows multiple logics to coexist in local arrangements with variable durability.

Suggested Citation

Nicolini, Davide and Delmestri, Giuseppe and Goodrick, Elizabeth and Reay, Trish and Lindberg, Kajsa and Adolfsson, Petra, Look What's Back! Institutional Complexity, Reversibility and the Knotting of Logics (February 2016). British Journal of Management, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 228-248, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2759070 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12156

Davide Nicolini (Contact Author)

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Elizabeth Goodrick

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Trish Reay

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

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Kajsa Lindberg

University of Gothenburg

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Petra Adolfsson

University of Gothenburg - Göteborg Research Institute

Göteborg
Sweden

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