Prof. Tommaso Ramus - Strategic Drift: Institutional pluralism, specialization and organizational growth - Martedì 30 Novembre 2021

Seminario di Ricerca Esterno "Giallo"

  • Data: 30 novembre 2021 dalle 13:00 alle 14:00

  • Luogo: On line su piattaforma TEAMS

  • Modalità d'accesso: Ingresso libero

Tommaso Ramus[1] 

Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics 


Matthew Lee 

New York University Stern School of Business 



This study analyzes the 27-year growth trajectory of ALPI, an Italian workforce integration cooperative, to explore the process by which organizations embedded in multiple institutional domains pursue organizational growth.

We find that ALPI grew via multiple phases of specialization, each characterized by the alignment of ALPI’s internal structures with a different institutional domain and its corresponding logic.

A stock of versatile resources developed during periods of specialization enables transitions between them, as resources are reconceptualized, and internal structures adopted, to meet institutional demands associated with new growth opportunities.

Based on our findings, we conceptualize a model of “strategic drift” to describe how organizations faced with institutional pluralism pursue opportunistic, imbalanced, growth.