Between Advocacy, Compliance and Commitment: A Multilevel Analysis of Institutional Logics in Work Environment Management

Christian Uhrenholdt Madsen, Susanne Boch Waldorff

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In this study we explore the development and enactment of institutional logics in the field of work environment management. We show how three historically developed logics constitute different values and practices that guide professionals’ organizational action. Using both historical and contemporary qualitative data, we show how the three institutional logics are present in the field of work environment, and how the logics are enacted simultaneously by actors within four large organizations in Denmark. The study contributes to the literature on institutional logics. The logics perspective is combined with critical realism to describe the inter-relatedness between the levels of society, institutional fields, and organizations, and by elaborating the near-decomposable relations between institutional logics and orders. The study contributes to the literature on work environment management by investigating the ideational lenses through which regulations and interventions are perceived by organizational actors, and how these perceptions may lead to different organizational outcomes and outlooks in work environment management.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)12-25
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

Published online: 13 December 2018


  • Critical realism
  • Institutional logics
  • OSH

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