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

Graeme Martin (Lead / Corresponding author), Sabina Siebert, Ian Robson

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2027-2053
    Number of pages27
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Volume29
    Issue number13
    Early online date12 Oct 2016
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    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2018

    Keywords

    • HR rationales
    • business school reputations
    • conformist innovation
    • institutional logistics
    • HR decision-making

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