When policy meets practice: Colliding logics and the challenge of 'Mode 2' initiatives in the translation of academic knowledge

Swan, Jacky, Bresnan, Mike, Newell, Sue, Robertson, Maxine and Dopson, Sue (2010) When policy meets practice: Colliding logics and the challenge of 'Mode 2' initiatives in the translation of academic knowledge. Organization Studies, 31 (9/10). pp. 1311-1340. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

Institutional change has been characterized as the outcome of a dialectical process whereby different constituent communities within an organizational field promote competing institutional logics (Seo and Creed 2002). However, the dynamics of this dialectical process are poorly understood. In this paper, we examine this dialectical process by drawing upon a longitudinal study of a policy intervention in the UK aimed at promoting a logic of knowledge production in genetics science (termed here as ‘Mode 2’; cf. Nowotny et al. 2001) that was co-present, and competing, with the dominant logic surrounding the production of academic science (‘Mode 1’). We highlight the tensions and interplays that occurred between these competing institutional logics by examining the rhetoric that was propounded, and the actions incurred, and their effects, amongst constituent communities of policy makers and scientists. Our findings demonstrate, first, that tensions can exist within as well as across constituent communities within the organizational field; and, second, how mobilizing a new institutional logic related to knowledge production may produce its own contradictions that can, paradoxically, lead to the simultaneous resurrection (and reinforcement) of the old logic. We discuss the implications for managing projects where these different logics are co-mingled.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 06:56
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014 06:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49535
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