Sustaining Inter-organizational Relationships Across Institutional Logics and Power Asymmetries: The Case of Fair Trade

  title={Sustaining Inter-organizational Relationships Across Institutional Logics and Power Asymmetries: The Case of Fair Trade},
  author={Alex James Nicholls and Benjamin Huybrechts},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
AbstractThis paper explores an empirical puzzle, namely, how inter-organizational relationships can be sustained between organizations that draw upon distinctive—and potentially conflicting—institutional logics under conditions of power asymmetry. This research analyses cases of these relationships and suggests some key conditions underlying them. Examining relationships between ‘Fair Trade’ organizations and corporate retailers, a series of contingent factors behind the dynamic persistence of… 

The Influence of Interorganizational Collaboration on Logic Conciliation and Tensions Within Hybrid Organizations: Insights from Social Enterprise–Corporate Collaborations

An increasing amount of research has examined the management of competing logics, and possible tensions arising between them, within “hybrid organizations.” However, the ways in which the

Global supply chains and social relations at work: Brokering across boundaries

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Sacred alliance or pact with the devil? How and why social enterprises collaborate with mainstream businesses in the fair trade sector*

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Governance, legitimacy, and stakeholder balance: lessons from Fairtrade International

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Duos and Duels in Field Evolution: How Governments and Interorganizational Networks Relate

We live in an era where models of governing are changing rapidly under multifaceted evolutionary pressures and where, at the same time, organizational fields are becoming increasingly networked. With

Cocreating resilient hybrids: the bridging power of social enterprises' organizational logics

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Innovation at the Crossroads

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Corporate social responsibility as a legitimation strategy in a merger

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The inter-organizational cooperation (IOC) is based on the use of consensual ways to seek a common goal. It requires a strategic vision of organizations to enable purchases and allocate resources to



Analysing the Influence of Institutional, Organizational and Interpersonal Forces in Shaping Inter-Organizational Relations

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Institutional Emergence in an Era of Globalization: The Rise of Transnational Private Regulation of Labor and Environmental Conditions1

  • Tim Bartley
  • Economics, Business
    American Journal of Sociology
  • 2007
Why have systems of “transnational private regulation” recently emerged to certify corporate social and environmental performance? Different conceptions of institutional emergence underlie different

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The External Control of Organizations: A Resource Dependence Perspective.

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The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis

Long a fruitful area of scrutiny for students of organizations, the study of institutions is undergoing a renaissance in contemporary social science. This volume offers, for the first time, both

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