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Three’s a Crowd: The Role of Inter-logic Relationships in Highly Complex Institutional Fields

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Fincham R & Forbes T (2015) Three’s a Crowd: The Role of Inter-logic Relationships in Highly Complex Institutional Fields. British Journal of Management, 26 (4), pp. 657-670. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12102

Abstract
Institutional complexity is increasingly seen in terms of potential schisms between logics in pluralist fields. However, research into complexity is mostly confined to binary institutional logics that oversimplify settings where more logics interact. The reorganized mental health service we studied brought a range of expert groups together in a highly complex institutional field. Three logics were seen to be continually in play: a health logic based on expert medical values, a care logic of holistic values, and a logic of integration based partly on managerial priorities but also shared more broadly. The paper identifies how the pattern of conflicting and reinforcing inter-logic relations that underpinned this field was constituted and further explores a number of critical implications for complexity theory.

Keywords
institutional complexity; institutional logics; healthcare integration

Journal
British Journal of Management: Volume 26, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Publication date31/10/2015
Publication date online11/05/2015
Date accepted by journal15/12/2014
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/24019
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for British Academy of Management
ISSN1045-3172

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Professor Robin Fincham

Professor Robin Fincham

Emeritus Professor, Management, Work and Organisation

Dr Tom Forbes

Dr Tom Forbes

Senior Lecturer, Management, Work and Organisation