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What’s in it for Me? Competitive Strategy, Issue Interpretation and Practice Implementation in the Institutional Context

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What’s in it for Me? Competitive Strategy, Issue Interpretation and Practice Implementation in the Institutional Context

Nangle, Marlon Delano (2013) What’s in it for Me? Competitive Strategy, Issue Interpretation and Practice Implementation in the Institutional Context. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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What’s in it for Me?
Competitive Strategy, Issue Interpretation and Practice Implementation in the Institutional Context

Marlon Delano Nangle

While pursuing business objectives, each organization faces the challenge of balancing competitive and institutional demands. However, for some firms the conformance to institutional pressures to adopt and fully implement a practice does not necessarily imply that the most effective and efficient choice is made. The conventional practice diffusion model tends to neglect the stage of implementation, thus in order to fill this void, attention needs to shift to the motivation and cognition surrounding the implementation decision, namely how the practice is interpreted. However, additional work is also needed to understand what factors might predict issue interpretation (Jackson and Dutton, 1988).

Drawing theoretical insight from institutional theory, organizational agency, competitive strategy and issue interpretation I argue that a firm’s competitive strategy will influence the extent of implementation a practice receives. To conduct this study I examined the implementation patterns of a quality practice that has been introduced to the tourist accommodation industry in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. The competitive factors that lead managers to interpret the practice as an opportunity for gain versus a threat for loss were examined to better understand motivations towards an adopted practice in a competitive environment.

Results suggest that the competitive environment does indeed influence how an adopted practice is interpreted. Further results demonstrate that there exists a strong association between issue interpretation and practice implementation extent that is arguably decided by top management beliefs regarding the value of the practice. Limitations of the study and potential avenues for future research are discussed followed by practical implications rendered applicable to business and society.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Nangle, Marlon Delano
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Administration (Management option)
Date:18 June 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Yu, Jisun
ID Code:977931
Deposited By: MARLON DELANO NANGLE
Deposited On:26 Nov 2013 15:40
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:45
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