Social Fatigue in Incompatible Institutional Logics on the Transition to Peace

Jacobo Ramirez, Claudia Vélez-Zapata

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We examine the case of management education in Colombia, where an exogenous, fast-moving political change for a transition to peace was implemented that facilitated scholarships for ex-combatants and individuals displaced by war. Based on a qualitative study at a private university in Medellín, we found that institutional complexities resulted from incompatible institutional logics among students rejected and excluded in the context of the stigma Colombians placed on scholarship recipients. This phenomenon is explained based on the different cognitive and normative orders involved in slow-moving institutional change. This study presents the following alternative conceptualization to study institutional change in armed-conflict contexts: social fatigue in peacebuilding. We define social fatigue in peacebuilding as individuals’ psychological surrender to the belief that peace will not be reached despite political change targeting social transformation. Understanding the antecedents of institutional complexities might assist in implementing peacebuilding strategies in armed conflict contexts to implement long-term integration policy by which students receive emotional support to help with the immersion process in a transition to peace."
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsGuclu Atinc
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020: Broadening Our Sight - Virtual
Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020
Conference number: 80


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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