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Institutional logics and interorganizational learning in technological arenas: Evidence from standard-setting organizations in the mobile handset industry

Vasudeva, Gurneeta; Alexander, Elizabeth A.; Jones, Stephen L.

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Gurneeta Vasudeva

Elizabeth A. Alexander

Stephen L. Jones



Abstract

© 2015, INFORMS. Conceptualizing standard-setting organizations (SSOs) as technological arenas within which firms from different countries interact and learn, we offer insights into the interplay between firms' institutional logics and their interorganizational learning outcomes. We suggest that firms' interorganizational learning is embedded in their macrolevel country contexts, characterized by more corporatist versus less corporatist (pluralist) institutional logics. Whereas corporatism spurs coordinated approaches, pluralism engenders competitive interactions that affect the extent to which firms span organizational and technological boundaries and learn from each other. We test our theory using longitudinal analysis of 181 dyads involving 26 firms participating in 17 SSOs in the global mobile handset industry. We find that interorganizational learning, as measured by patent citations, involving corporatist firm dyads significantly increases when the dominant logic within the arena is also corporatist. By making cooperative schemas more accessible, a dominant corporatist logic also enhances interorganizational learning across technologically distant dyads. When a pluralist logic dominates the arena, corporatist dyads learn less because firms in the dyad activate a contradictory logic that decouples them from their natural processes for interorganizational learning. These findings highlight the implications of institutional logics for interorganizational learning outcomes and provide insights into how firms attend to institutional contradictions in arenas that provide opportunities for interorganizational learning.

Citation

Vasudeva, G., Alexander, E. A., & Jones, S. L. (2015). Institutional logics and interorganizational learning in technological arenas: Evidence from standard-setting organizations in the mobile handset industry. Organization Science, 26(3), 830-846. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2014.0940

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 18, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 23, 2016
Journal Organization Science
Print ISSN 1047-7039
Electronic ISSN 1526-5455
Publisher INFORMS
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 3
Pages 830-846
DOI https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2014.0940
Keywords organizational learning; institutional logics; institutional contradictions, corporatism, technological arenas, mobile phones, standard setting
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/835425
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2014.0940
Related Public URLs http://pubsonline.informs.org/journal/orsc

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