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Title: Living with conflicting institutional logics : the case of UK and US research-led business schools
Author: Cullen, P. G.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis explores the concept that research-led business schools in the UK and USA constitute organizational fields that are characterised by conflicting institutional logics. This conflict is derived from attempts to reconcile the professional logic of academic demands and the market logic of practitioner demands on business schools. The theoretical framework builds on contributions to the study of institutions offered by institutional theory. In particular, it draws on both ‘old’ and ‘new’ intuitionalism to utilise the analytic concept of conflicting institutional logics in a ‘comprehensive’ institutional approach. Furthermore, following institutional theory’s emphasis on the explanatory potential of historical research, the conflict between the professional and market logics is explored in its historical context in order to show that conflicting logics have been embedded in the UK and US fields since their inception. The empirical chapters examine the impact of conflicting institutional logics on an important set of actors in the UK and USA business school fields: faculty members. The empirical material is based on a programme of 95 interviews conducted with faculty members in four research-based business schools, two in the UK and two in the USA. The first empirical chapter establishes that a conflict between the demands of the academic community and practitioners is experienced strongly by faculty members The second and third chapters analyse and interpret the responses of faculty members in the UK and USA to the pressures of their institutional environment. These responses are then compared and contrasted. The thesis concludes that a solution to the institutionally embedded conflict between the professional and market logics is not viable within the current configuration of the UK and US fields, and suggestions are made for ways in which they can move beyond the limitations of their current framework.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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