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Toke Bjerregaard

Co-existing institutional logics and agency among top-level public servants: A praxeological approach

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While institutional organization research to some extent has neglected the micro agency of organization
members, parts of the strategy-as-practice research have tended to bracket off wider societal
environments shaping the practices-in-use of top-level strategy practitioners. This article attempts to
address parts of this void. This study examines the agency exerted by top-level public servants through
their everyday strategy and policy work in face of co-existing logics of public administration. The
fi ndings illustrate how their action strategies span from more passive strategies of coping with coexisting
logics of administration to more skilled agency of combining logics aimed at enhancing their
opportunity and action space. The study suggests that the interplay between co-existing institutional
logics, action strategies and the practical skills of top-level public servants provides the basis for both
coping and more proactive strategies in pluralistic public administrations. Findings illustrate the role
of public servants’ practical sense of realizable opportunities that inform such strategies of handling
co-existing institutional logics. Implications for institutional studies of organizations are outlined.
TidsskriftJournal of Management & Organization
Sider (fra-til)194-209
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 2011


  • Agency, Ethnography, Public administration, Strategy work

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