The nature and limits of collective identity as an editing lens for institutional complexity

Jaco Lok, Anu Gupta

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Abstract

Through a comparative case study of two Indian microfinance organizations embedded in two different institutional logics of microfinance we demonstrate how collective identity is important for explaining how and why strong institutional pressures are translated into practice differently by different organizations in complex institutional fields. We also suggest that which institutional pressures are translated depends on the degree to which pressures are 'editable' in talk and practice, and on their perceived identity implications. Thus we contribute to the literature on institutional complexity by inductively arguing that collective identity and pressure editability are important moderators of the effect of strong uniform institutional pressures on organizational practice in complex fields.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAOM 2015
Subtitle of host publication75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Place of PublicationSt. Louis
PublisherAcademy of Management (AoM)
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2015 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 Aug 201511 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - Academy of Management
Volume2015
ISSN (Print)2376-7197

Conference

Conference75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2015
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period7/08/1511/08/15

Keywords

  • Collective identity
  • Institutional complexity
  • Institutional theory

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