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Trading-off ideological purity vs. pragmatism: Upper echelons and the strategic management of an organization's ideological template in Islamic banking, 2002-2016.

An essential feature of our era is that increasingly competition between organizations is not only about resources but also about ideology, which often goes hand in hand with the emergence of oppositional institutional logics that compete for dominance (in this setting conventional vs. Islamic banking). What is currently missing in the literature are studies that recognize that ideological competition in a world of competing logics is of strategic importance for organizations because the choices that an organization makes to position itself in ideological space affect its very identity with far-reaching consequences for its fate. Such choices often relate to the strategic trade-off between ideological purity vs. pragmatism and hybridization. Unfortunately, the strategic management of an organization's ideological template – its ideologically informed organizing principles and practices --, and the role of the dominant coalition (or so-called Upper Echelon) in shaping it have received scant attention. We try to fill this gap focusing on a fascinating setting, i.e. Islamic banking (in the period 2002-2016) and propose a research project that examines the way in which Islamic banks solve this strategic trade-off in a set of original but related quantitative and qualitative studies.
Date:1 Jan 2017  →  Today
Disciplines:Theory and methodology of philosophy, Philosophy, Ethics, Other philosophy, ethics and religious studies not elsewhere classified
Project type:Collaboration project