Quotation Nicolini, Davide, Delmestri, Giuseppe, Goodrick, Elisabeth, Reay, Trish, Lindberg, Kajsa, Adolfsson, Petra. 2015. Look what's back! Institutional complexity, reversibility and the knotting of logics. British Journal of Management (BJM) , 1-21.




Through a comparative historical study of community pharmacy in the UK, Italy, Sweden and the USA, we examine what happens to institutional arrangements designed to resolve ongoing conflicts between institutional logics over extended periods of time. We find 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. We find 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. We 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 which allows multiple logics to co-exist in local arrangements with variable durability.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal British Journal of Management (BJM)
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Look what's back! Institutional complexity, reversibility and the knotting of logics
Year 2015
Page from 1
Page to 21
Reviewed? Y
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8551.12156/abstract;jsessionid=F014F05B6262419023F4E7FA63ECBC5F.f02t01
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12156


Delmestri, Giuseppe (Details)
Adolfsson, Petra (Göteborg University, Sweden)
Goodrick, Elisabeth (Florida Atlantic University, United States/USA)
Lindberg, Kajsa (Göteborg University, Sweden)
Nicolini, Davide (Warwick Business School, United Kingdom)
Reay, Trish (University of Alberta, Canada)
Institute for Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
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