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A Patchwork of Identities: Emergence of Charter Schools as a New Organizational Form

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Harsh Jha



We examine the emergence of an organizational form, charter schools, in Oakland, California. We link field-level institutional logics to organizational founding identities using topic modeling. We find corporate and communityfounding actors create distinct and consistent identities, whereas more peripheral founders indulge in more unique identity construction. We see the settlement of the form into a stable ecosystem with multiple identity codes rather than driving toward a single organizational identity. The variety of identities that emerge do not always map onto field-level institutional logics. This has implications for the conditions under which organizational innovation and experimentation within a new form may develop.

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Author(s): Jha HK, Beckman CM

Editor(s): Marc-David L. Seidel , Henrich R. Greve

Series Editor(s): Professor Michael Lounsbury

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Emergence

Year: 2017

Volume: 50

Pages: 69-107

Print publication date: 28/03/2017

Online publication date: 24/03/2017

Acceptance date: 14/12/2016

Series Title: Research in the Sociology of Organizations

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited

Place Published: Bingley


DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20170000050003

Notes: Ebook ISBN 9781786359148

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ISBN: 9781786359155


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