Internal Cohesion in Response to Institutional Plurality: The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada


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Addressing the underdeveloped area of the interrelationships between institutional logics, organizational legitimacy, and organizational identity, we undertake a critical hermeneutic analysis of the archives of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) and the context in which the association exists. Through our analysis we show how ASAC's response to the conflicting institutional logics of Canadianism and business schools has been one of internal cohesion, with continuous attempts to create collaborative synergies between the logics, rather than succumbing to internal conflict and fragmentation. Copyright © 2013 ASAC. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Le présent article examine le domaine peu étudié des interrelations entre les logiques institutionnelles, la légitimité organisationnelle et l'identité organisationnelle via une analyse herméneutique critique des archives de la Revue canadienne des sciences de l'administration (Rcsa) et le contexte d'existence de l'association. L'analyse montre comment plutôt que de succomber au conflit et à la fragmentation interne, l'Asac a réagi aux logiques institutionnelles conflictuelles du Canadianisme et des écoles de commerce par une cohésion interne et a déployé des efforts continus pour créer des synergies entre les différentes logiques. Copyright © 2013 ASAC. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.