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Open Access Shifting logics: limitations on the journey from ‘state’ to ‘market’ logic in UK higher education

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Our study of UK higher education institutions (HEIs) offers insights into the role of institutional logics in the adoption of organisational practices – specifically outsourcing. We identify two logics prevalent within HEIs: a public service ‘state logic’ and a ‘market logic’. While adherence to the market logic supports commercial-based practices such as outsourcing, organisations enact competing logics in complex ways. Outsourcing is mainly limited to peripheral activities segmented from the core while a nascent cooperative solution is emerging as HEIs co-opt practices and discourse of outsourcing to justify hybrid relationships that marry competing logics in a process of selective coupling.
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Keywords: NPM ; marketization ; organisational practices; strategic sourcing; university

Affiliations: 1: Newcastle University, UK 2: Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK

Appeared or available online: 15 September 2017

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