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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.
Author(s): Alexander EA, Phillips W, Kapletia D
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Policy & Politics
Print publication date: 01/10/2018
Online publication date: 15/09/2017
Acceptance date: 15/08/2017
Date deposited: 13/10/2017
ISSN (print): 0305-5736
ISSN (electronic): 1470-8442
Publisher: Policy Press
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