Deconstructing Complexity: Configurations of Institutional Complexity and Structural Hybridity

Raynard, Mia (2016) Deconstructing Complexity: Configurations of Institutional Complexity and Structural Hybridity. Strategic Organization, 14 (4). pp. 315-335. ISSN 1476-1270


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This article unpacks the notion of institutional complexity and highlights the distinct sets of challenges confronting hybrid structural arrangements. The framework identifies three factors that contribute to the experience of complexity - namely, the extent to which the prescriptive demands of logics are incompatible, whether there is a settled or widely accepted prioritization of logics within the field, and the degree to which the jurisdictions of the logics overlap. The central thesis is that these "components" of complexity variously combine to produce four distinct institutional landscapes, each with differing implications for the challenges organizations face and for how they might respond. The article explores the situational relevance of an array of hybridizing responses and discusses their implications for organizational legitimacy and performance. It concludes by specifying the boundary conditions of the framework and highlighting fruitful directions for future scholarship.

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Keywords: institutional change / institutional theory / organizational fields / organizational forms / organizational structure
Divisions: Departments > Management
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Depositing User: Mia Raynard
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 11:33
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2020 04:56
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