Vol 43 No 1 (2013)

La logique institutionnelle d’appropriation du concept ThinkPad university : le cas des écoles et facultés de gestion québécoises

Patrick Pelletier
Published April 30, 2013


This study examines the process by which a change in institutional logic of a organizational field is initiated. More specifically, we are concerned with how the IBM Thinkpad University concept affects various business schools in the province of Quebec. The theoretical framework departs from new-institutional theories. We propose a multi-level analysis: institutional, organizational and operational. The finding examines the process by which organizations retain, adopt and discard practices and illustrates the influence of institutional prestige, organizational mission, autonomy and pedagogical expertise. We show that the source of the institutional logic of appropriation is a quest for reputation.


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