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Organization Studies    [22 followers]  Follow    
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 0170-8406 - ISSN (Online) 1741-3044
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [718 journals]   [SJR: 1.632]   [H-I: 69]
  • Responding to Institutional Complexity: The Role of Identity
    • Authors: Kodeih, F; Greenwood, R.
      Pages: 7 - 39
      Abstract: How organizations cope with multiple and sometimes conflicting institutional demands is an increasingly familiar yet little understood question. This paper examines how four French business schools responded to demands that they internationalize their management education whilst retaining their traditional identities. We trace the role played by field-level actors in pushing and articulating competing logics and the importance of institutional and organizational identity in how organizations respond. By highlighting the role of identity aspirations we show that what matters is not how an organization sees itself—i.e., what it is—but how it wants to see itself—i.e., what it wishes to become. Finally, we unpack and explain why status differences across organizations affect the nature of the opportunities that are perceived and the scale and format of the responses that are implemented.
      PubDate: 2014-01-06T02:49:28-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613495333|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613495333
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 1 (2014)
  • Fashioning an Industry: Socio-cognitive Processes in the Construction of
           Worth of a New Industry
    • Authors: Khaire; M.
      Pages: 41 - 74
      Abstract: This study of the high-end fashion industry in India examines the process of construction of the worth of a new industry. Analyses of data from multiple sources revealed that framing by early entrepreneurs and the socio-cognitive processes that resulted from the transactions of field-constituents with the new industry constructed the worth of the industry. These socio-cognitive processes—curation and certification, commentary and critique, co-presentation, comparison and commensuration—enabled broader audiences to make sense of the industry and comprehend its worth. The findings form the basis of a general model of the social construction of worth through a process of distributed sanctification, contributing to the growing literature on social construction of value.
      PubDate: 2014-01-06T02:49:28-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613502766|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613502766
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 1 (2014)
  • Mediating the Paradoxes of Organizational Governance through Numbers
    • Authors: Michaud; V.
      Pages: 75 - 101
      Abstract: Despite abundant prescriptions regarding what boards should do, we know little about what they actually do, especially in the face of the paradoxical goals of both ensuring control (as expressed in agency theory) and fostering collaboration (as expressed in stewardship theory) simultaneously. Drawing from the study of a co-operative over a 10-year period (including ethnographic data collection spanning 3 years), this paper shows the role of numbers in mediating paradoxes of governance. We show that numbers from very different spheres support different models of governance, prompt their change, but also their coexistence. Paradoxical control–collaboration dynamics are embraced, fed by two number-supported micro-practices: personalizing/professionalizing issues and creating new calculable spaces. These practices enable board members to both "act at a distance" and control, while they are also "kept at a distance" from the general manager, who ensures the board’s collaboration.
      PubDate: 2014-01-06T02:49:28-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613495335|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613495335
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 1 (2014)
  • Bringing Back the Bank: Local Renewal and Agency through Community Banking
    • Authors: Cutcher; L.
      Pages: 103 - 119
      Abstract: This paper presents findings from an in-depth case study of a bank that has drawn on an anti-globalization discourse and the idea of the "local in opposition to the global" to create a niche for itself in the highly consolidated Australian retail banking market. The paper explores why, despite the contradiction inherent in its discourse, the bank has been able to garner the funds and volunteer effort of locals to establish and extend its branch network. In exploring what motivated the volunteers involved in the establishment of the local bank the paper shows how seemingly impersonal abstract processes of globalization are embedded in local places and worked out through localized practices of agency. These agentic practices were experienced as being connected, authentic, and in control. Yet as always the paradox of agency came into play and throughout the case study we see how these practices of agency are both enabled and constrained by "being local". By highlighting processes of globalization at the local level these findings move us beyond overarching and overly "neat narratives of globalization" (Maurer, 2003). So that rather than invitations and invocations to "act locally" being seen as "anti-globalization" they should be understood as embedded processes of globalization.
      PubDate: 2014-01-06T02:49:28-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613495337|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613495337
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 1 (2014)
  • Archetypes of Inter-firm Relations in the Implementation of Management
           Innovation: A Set-theoretic Study in China's Biopharmaceutical Industry
    • Authors: Meuer; J.
      Pages: 121 - 145
      Abstract: Innovation research increasingly focuses on understanding why and how firms implement new management practices, processes or structures. Emerging in the shadow of research on technological innovation, growing evidence points towards the inter-firm relation as an important locus of innovation. Yet although organizational theory suggests discrete alternative inter-firm coordination mechanisms, the literature on management innovation has thus far treated the inter-firm relation as one broad mode of organizing. This study takes a configurational perspective to identify archetypes of inter-firm relations leading to the implementation of management innovation. Using fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) to analyse 56 firm partnerships in China’s biopharmaceutical industry, the empirical evidence identifies four such discrete inter-firm archetypes: organic coalitions, bureaucratic foundations, coalitions of intense interdependency and reciprocal foundations. The results suggest that the type of interdependency, rather than the coordination mechanisms governing inter-firm relations, leads to the implementation of management innovation.
      PubDate: 2014-01-06T02:49:28-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613495339|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613495339
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 1 (2014)
  • Book Review: Organizations and Archetypes
    • Authors: Corvellec; H.
      Pages: 147 - 150
      PubDate: 2014-01-06T02:49:28-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613495761|hwp:resource-id:sposs;35/1/147
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 1 (2014)
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