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Title: Hybrid academic managers and the reconciliation of conflicting institutional logics
Author: Behrens, Sonja
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 4465
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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This study explores how hybrid academic managers in British Business and Management Schools experience and reconcile the tensions of multiple institutional logics. Recent government policies initiating private sector styles of working have altered the conventional professional orientations of Higher Education institutions. As a response, universities in general, and Business and Management Schools in particular, have started to incorporate managerial thinking and market mechanisms into their core vision. To understand these shifting institutional demands at the micro-level of analysis, this thesis draws on 40 interviews with hybrid academic managers in British Business and Management Schools. The findings of this study make three important theoretical contributions: First, this research demonstrates that hybrid academic managers employ a repertoire of six individual-level responses to engage in the reconciliation of multiple, conflicting institutional logics. Secondly, this study indicates a reconceptualisation of the individual hybridisation dichotomy, by differentiating between incidental, willing and transitioning hybrid academic managers. Thirdly, I provide an insightful analysis of how different patterns of individual-level responses vary across multiple institutional logics and across individual hybrid types. This offers important theoretical contributions, because it reveals more variation at the micro-level of analysis and advances our current understanding of institutional complexity in the field of Business and Management Education.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB2300 Higher Education