Politician’s Dilemma: The Interplay of Commitment and Conformity in Pluralism

Sarma, Sushanta Kumar (2014) Politician’s Dilemma: The Interplay of Commitment and Conformity in Pluralism. TAPMI, Manipal.


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Through a multiple case study covering two Indian microfinance organizations, it is demonstrated how organizations resolve the politician’s dilemma (Kraatz & Block, 2008) in a pluralistic context. The researcher elaborates on how organizations adopting a divergent institutional logic face the dilemma of attending to both the problems of commitment and conformity. He endeavours to uncover the “commitment problem” in institutional pluralism and subsequently address the issue of politician’s dilemma. He suggests that an organization maneuvers through the dilemma by constructing a new organizational identity and this is followed by complimentary organizational structure. This research is a contribution to the literature on institutional pluralism by arguing that interplay between conformity and commitment cannot be resolved merely through decoupling, and organizations need to take into account the negotiability of legitimacy sources.

Item Type: TAPMI Working Papers
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pluralism, commitment problem, politician’s dilemma
Subjects: Human Resource Management
Divisions: Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Ms. Vanitha K
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 08:56
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2018 08:56
URI: http://tapmi.informaticsglobal.com/id/eprint/262

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