Conformist innovation: An institutional logics perspective on how HR executives construct business school reputations

Martin, G., Siebert, S. and Robson, I. (2018) Conformist innovation: An institutional logics perspective on how HR executives construct business school reputations. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 29(13), pp. 2027-2053. (doi:10.1080/09585192.2016.1239118)

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Abstract

In this paper, we explore whether Legge’s classic 1970s criticism of human resource (HR) executives as ‘conformist innovators’ is still relevant. Drawing on institutional logics, we analyse HR managers’ rationales for choosing particular university business schools to provide senior executive development. Our mixed-methods study demonstrates that senior HR managers socially construct and enact business school reputations by drawing on strategic rationales. These rationales are embedded in societal, field and organizational logics, especially the extant reputational rankings of international business schools and an ‘ideal’ template of elite business schools. We find that these rationales, and the decisions they evince, tend to confirm the traditional picture of conformist innovation among HR executives. We discuss the implications for the reputation of HR as a profession, their employers and business schools.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Siebert, Professor Sabina
Authors: Martin, G., Siebert, S., and Robson, I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Journal of Human Resource Management
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0958-5192
ISSN (Online):1466-4399
Published Online:12 October 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in International Journal of Human Resource Management 29(13): 2027-2053
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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