Experiences of Navigating Institutional Plurality - Social Position, Disposition, Emotions and Apprehension

Kati Järvi, Mikko Kohvakka

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We focus on the internal workings of a university organization’s response to institutional plurality. In the field of higher education, both organizations and individuals are prescribed competing demands due to academic logic and the logic of managerialism. We interpret six individual experiences of institutional plurality and illuminate how social position, disposition, emotions and apprehension regarding plurality affect their response to shifting emphases in the logics of the university. In addition, we show that although there may appear to be harmony in the organizational-level response to institutional plurality, turmoil may be affecting the organization’s members, highlighting the importance of looking at how people experience institutional logic multiplicity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotions and Identity
EditorsWilfred J. Zerbe, Charmine E. J. Härtel, Neal M. Ashkanasy, Laura Petitta
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-78714-438-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78714-437-8 (Online), 978-1-78714-931-1 (Epub)
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Emotion and Worklife - Rome, Italy
Duration: 04.07.201605.07.2016
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameResearch on Emotion in Organizations
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)1746-9791


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Emotions
  • Experience
  • Interpretive phenomenological analysis
  • institutional logics
  • Institutional plurality


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