Monday, November 26, 2018

Tammar Zilber, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bringing institutional logics into being through interactions

Time and Location: Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

Recent studies of Institutional logics -- the structures, practices and meanings that govern individual and organizational processes of social construction -- focus on the micro-level, and offer rich depictions of the ways by which institutional logics are negotiated in the context of intra-organizational processes. Still, they fall short of fully exploring the complex dynamics of institutions, as they treat interactions and communication as the context within which reified institutional logics are used, rather than following how interactions and communication construct the work of logics on the ground. In the presented study I attempt to go further into the social dynamics involved in the work of institutional logics by exploring institutional logics in organizational decision making. I show how decision makers negotiate what logic is relevant, and what institutional logics mean in terms of the specific issue they try to solve. Through interactions between decision makers, institutional logics are translated into specific roles and lines of action. Decisions are reached based upon a complex interface between the political and poetical affordances of the various logics and the actors speaking on their behalf.