When institutional logics collide: reinforcing dominance in a merged government department

Julian Randall, Stephen Procter

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Institutional logics have been the focus of researchers’ interest as a means of comparing and contrasting groups within organizations and their influence and impact on each other. The findings often suggest that these groups may collaborate, compete, comingle or coexist. The interest for researchers is how such interaction between logics takes place and what the final outcome of this interaction is. But not all logics compete or collaborate in the ways suggested. In this paper we will examine how one logic dominates to the detriment of another during a merger between two government departments. Two questions underlie this research into merging institutional logics: how does a logic uphold its dominance when confronted by alternative or competing logic and what is the wider influential institutional context?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-158
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Change Management
Issue number2
Early online date8 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • institutional logics
  • mergers
  • templates-in-use
  • embedded practices
  • co-existing logics
  • pragmatic collaboration


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