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The struggles of accepting a new logic from a micro level institutional change perspective.

Bethlehem, Tim (2017) The struggles of accepting a new logic from a micro level institutional change perspective.

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Abstract:In the current fast changing society, changing established ways of organising has become a major issue. Institutional change theory may help individuals or organisations to change established ways of organising to their own benefit. However, this is a difficult process and how people strategically can perform this remains vague. The aim of this study is to better understand how tensions produced by a confrontation from the dominant and new logic manifest. To be able to study this a case study is performed in an arising initiative to organize informal care differently by voluntary citizen participation in Saasveld, a small village in the eastern part of the Netherlands. In this research many tensions of accepting this new logic have been found. Such as, maintaining the quality of informal care, the continuity of the initiative, structural deployment of volunteers, adaptation to paid informal care and adaptation problems for current operating organizations. It became clear from the results that it is possible to classify these different tensions into some major types from an already existing overview. These different types mainly differ from how or when they arise, which role they play and what the relation is with other types. It also became clear that these tensions are much more intertwined than expected. The research contributes to the literature by demonstrating that it is possible to define and analyse tensions based on a dialectical view and by identifying certain characteristics to deviate tensions. From a practical view it contributes by explaining the struggles the initiators might need to overcome to embed their initiative in the society. These outcomes are critically reflected in the discussion part based on existing literature. Finally, limitations and suggestions for further research are mentioned.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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