Engaging with grand challenges: An institutional logics perspective

Ali Aslan Gümüsay, Laura Claus, John Amis

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The institutional logics perspective has the explanatory power and potential to further contribute to our understanding of some of the most pressing societal concerns of our time. In this article, we develop the logics perspective along four analytical dimensions – macro-level positioning, contextuality, temporality, and value plurality – which, we argue, can be leveraged to research and address grand challenges. We elaborate the currency of these dimensions in the context of the grand challenge of climate change. In doing so, we demonstrate the overall value of a logics perspective for engaging grand challenges.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganization Theory
Early online date17 Sep 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Sep 2020


  • climate change
  • grand challenges
  • institutional logics
  • institutional theory
  • organizational institutionalism


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