Journal article

From Logic Acceptance to Logic Rejection: The Process of Destabilization in Hybrid Organizations

Giulia Cappellaro, Paul Tracey, Royston Greenwood

Organization Science | INFORMS | Published : 2020


We study the introduction of the private logic into a mature Italian hospital that was governed previously as a hybrid of professional and public logics. Intriguingly, the reconstituted hospital was for several years widely praised for its strong clinical and financial performance, but quickly and with little warning, it became riven by political differences that led to its demise. Through our case analysis, we develop a multilevel model that reveals the destabilizing process that can unfold when a new logic enters an established organization. We contribute to the hybrids literature by explaining the puzzle of how a new logic can become accepted and then rejected in organizations, emphasizin..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank senior editor Sarah Kaplan and three anonymous referees for their insightful comments and guidance. They also thank Sandra Dawson, Michael Lounsbury, Bob Hinings, Trish Reay, Tina Dacin, Woody Powell, John Amis, and Evelyn Micelotta for their valuable suggestions on earlier drafts of the manuscript. They acknowledge the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Conference (2012) for awarding the EGOS Best Student Paper Award to the first version of this manuscript.