Hybridity and Institutional Logics: Framing a Comparative Study of UK and US Nonprofits

Christopher Skelcher, Steven Rathgeb Smith

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Despite extensive scholarly attention to the concept of hybridity, our understanding of this concept and its implications for public and nonprofit management remains underdeveloped. We draw on the institutional logics approach to theorise hybrids as entities that face a plurality of normative frames. Such plurality is generative of contestation as the organisation seeks to negotiate its relationships with its environment and actors internally seek to negotiate the multiple identities supplied by competing logics. We propose five theoretically-derived ways in which hybrids may be structured – segmented (layered and parallel), symbolic, blocked, and blended – and illustrate these through nonprofit examples. Propositions for future empirical research are generated in relation to institutional turbulence, strength of normative obligation, internal structuring, and actor identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Management Research Association
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventPublic Management Research Conference 2013 - Madison, WI, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 201322 Jun 2013


ConferencePublic Management Research Conference 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMadison, WI


  • hybridity
  • nonprofit
  • institutional theory
  • governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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