Institutional Logics as Strategic Resources
AbstractWe propose that institutional logics are resources organizations use to leverage their strategic choices. We argue that firms with an awareness of multiple available logics, expressed by a larger stock of competences and a broader industrial scope are more likely to add an institutional logic to their repertoire and to become purist in this new logic. We also hypothesize that a favorable opportunity set as expressed by status leads high and low status firms to add a logic but not to focus exclusively on this new logic. We examine our hypotheses in the French industrial design industry from 1989 to 2003 in which a managerialist logic emerged and prevailed along with the pre-existing institutional logics of modernism and formalism. Our findings contribute to theory on the relationship between organizations’ strategy and institutional change and partially address the paradox of why high-status actors play a key role in triggering institutional change when such change is likely to undermine the very basis of their social position and advantage
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by HEC Paris in its series Les Cahiers de Recherche with number 1004.
Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 29 Oct 2013
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Institutional logics; strategic resources; institutional plurality; strategic choice; logic addition; logic focus;
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