Willing and able : a general model of organizational responses to normative pressures

Durand, R, Hawn, O and Ioannou, I (2017) Willing and able : a general model of organizational responses to normative pressures. Academy of Management Review (AMR). ISSN 0363-7425 (In Press)

Abstract

We develop a conceptual understanding of when and how organizations respond to normative pressures. More precisely, we examine two main factors underlying the willingness and ability of organizations to respond to an issue: (1) issue salience, and (2) the cost-benefit analysis of resource mobilization. We suggest that decision-makers’ interpretation of issue salience in conjunction with their perception of the costs and benefits of taking action to address the issue generates five potential responses: symbolic compliance and symbolic conformity, substantive compliance and substantive conformity, and inaction. We extend the baseline model by examining a number of boundary conditions. By focusing on the willingness and ability of organizations to respond to normative pressures, and by adopting the issue as the unit of analysis, our model helps explain intra- as well as inter-organizational response heterogeneity to institutional complexity. We contribute to the institutional research tradition and offer useful implications for managerial practice, from strategic management to policy making.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Subjects: D > Decision-making
O > Organisational behaviour
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 15:56
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 04:07
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/898
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