Family business as a longstanding hybrid organisation: Logic revision as a strategy for maintenance

Zografia Bika, Simy Joy

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Hybrid organisations, organisational forms that combine multiple institutional logics, have recently attracted substantial scholarly attention. Ongoing maintenance of hybridity has been identified as a key challenge for hybrid organisations. This paper puts forward family businesses that integrate family and business logics as the world’s oldest and the most pervasive form of hybrid organisation, and explores their organisational maintenance strategies for sustaining such hybridity. Based on an oral history study of longstanding family businesses in Scotland, we propose ‘logic revision’, i.e. a socially constructed and evolving reinterpretation of logics, as another strategy for organisational maintenance in the hybrid organisational context. As opposed to the known strategies of decoupling, compromising, structural separation and selective coupling that rely on the deterministic properties of institutional logics, this strategy draws on their socially constructed nature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
EditorsGuclu Atinc
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
EventAcademy of Management Conference: Improving Lives - Illinois, Chicago, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
Conference number: 78

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


ConferenceAcademy of Management Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Institutional logics
  • family business
  • hybrid organisation
  • organisational maintenance

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