A Tale of Two Countries: How Different Constellations of Logics Impact Action

Susanne Boch Waldorff, Trish Reay, Elizabeth Goodrick

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We build on the concept of “constellations of logics” (Goodrick & Reay, 2011) to further our understanding of the relationship between institutional logics and action. We do so through a comparative case study of similar primary health care initiatives in Denmark and Canada. We draw on micro- and macro-level data to show how both the arrangement and relationship among logics impacted the design and accomplishment of the initiatives in each country. Based on our data, we theorize five different mechanisms through which logics can simultaneously constrain and enable action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstitutional Logics in Action, Part A
EditorsMichael Lounsbury, Eva Boxenbaum
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)9781781909188
ISBN (Electronic)9781781909195
Publication statusPublished - 2013
SeriesResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Volume39 Part A

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