Shifting logics: Limitations on the journey from ‘state’ to ‘market’ logic in UK higher education

Alexander, E., Phillips, W. and Kapletia, D. (2017) Shifting logics: Limitations on the journey from ‘state’ to ‘market’ logic in UK higher education. Policy & Politics. ISSN 0305-5736 [In Press] Available from:

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Our study of UK higher education institutions (HEIs) offers insights into the role of institutional logics in the adoption of organisational practices – specifically outsourcing. We identify two logics prevalent within HEIs: a public service ‘state logic’ and a ‘market logic’. While adherence to the market logic supports commercial-based practices such as outsourcing, organisations enact competing logics in complex ways. Outsourcing is mainly limited to peripheral activities segmented from the core while a nascent cooperative solution is emerging as HEIs co-opt practices and discourse of outsourcing to justify hybrid relationships that marry competing logics in a process of selective coupling.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:institutional logics, higher education, outsourcing, organisational practices
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:32825
Deposited By: Professor W. Phillips
Deposited On:16 Aug 2017 14:30
Last Modified:14 Nov 2017 12:29

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