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Organizational settlements: theorizing how organizations respond to institutional complexity

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Title: Organizational settlements: theorizing how organizations respond to institutional complexity
Authors: Schildt, H
Perkmann, M
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Research on hybrid organizations and institutional complexity commonly depicts the presence of multiple logics within organizations as an exceptional situation. In this essay, we argue that all organizations routinely adhere to multiple institutional logics. Institutional complexity only arises episodically, when organizations embrace a newly salient logic. We propose two concepts to develop this insight. First, we suggest the notion of organizational settlement to refer to the way in which organizations durably incorporate multiple logics. Second, we define organizational hybridization as a change process whereby organizations abandon their existing organizational settlement and transition to a new one, incorporating a newly salient logic. Overall, we propose a shift in attention from the exceptionality of hybrid configurations of multiple logics towards exploring the dynamics of transitions from one state of complexity to another.
Issue Date: 25-Sep-2016
Date of Acceptance: 23-Aug-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/39642
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1056492616670756
ISSN: 1552-6542
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Start Page: 139
End Page: 145
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Management Inquiry
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2016. This is an open access article distributed under a CC-BY 3.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
Sponsor/Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
Funder's Grant Number: ES/G038082/1
Keywords: Social Sciences
Management
Business & Economics
institutional theory
change management
organization theory
organizational design
HYBRID ORGANIZATIONS
MULTILEVEL MODEL
STRATEGIC CHANGE
PRIVATE SCIENCE
CULTURAL-CHANGE
LOGICS
INDUSTRY
INNOVATION
IDENTITY
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
institutional complexity
institutional logics
hybrid organizations
1503 Business And Management
Business & Management
Publication Status: Published
Open Access location: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1056492616670756
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School