From Animosity to Affinity: The Interplay of Competing Logics and Interdependence in Cross‐Sector Partnerships

30 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2017

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Naeem Ashraf

Lahore University of Management Sciences

Alireza Ahmadsimab

Saint Mary's University, Canada - Sobey School of Business

Jonatan Pinkse

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

Drawing on and extending institutional logics and resource dependence theories, this paper posits that for cross‐sector partnerships to survive, organizations need to share compatible institutional logics, but depend less on each other's resources. Asymmetrical cross‐sector partnerships may lead to a breakup if organizations are forced to operate under incompatible institutional logics. The findings of this study show that the challenges posed by incompatible logics of partners could be mitigated by the degree of resource interdependence between organizations. Capturing the effects of context and transactions on the actors’ strategic behaviour, the findings, based on a dataset of project‐level partnership ties between 1312 organizations in the carbon‐offset market, support these hypotheses. The paper concludes by discussing implications of organizations' responses to keep acting under or reinterpreting existing institutional logics in asymmetrical cross‐sector relationships.

Keywords: cross‐sector partnerships, resource dependence, non‐profit organizations institutional complexity, carbon market

Suggested Citation

Ashraf, Naeem and Ahmadsimab, Alireza and Pinkse, Jonatan, From Animosity to Affinity: The Interplay of Competing Logics and Interdependence in Cross‐Sector Partnerships (September 2017). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 54, Issue 6, pp. 793-822, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3016701 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12273

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Jonatan Pinkse

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