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Institutionalized Resistance? Public School Responses to Contradictory Institutional Logics

Puguh Prasetya Utomo of the Faculty of Social Sciences Science at the University of Agder has submitted his thesis entitled «Institutionalized Resistance? Public School Responses to Contradictory Institutional Logics» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Friday 29 October 2021. (Photo: Private)

Based on the empirical findings, it can be concluded that public sector organizations, particularly those facing conflicting institutional pressures imposed by a dominant institutional actor, tend to exhibit homogeneous strategy bundles in responding to institutional contradictions.

Puguh Prasetya Utomo

PhD Candidate

The disputation will be held digitally. Spectators may follow the disputation digitally – link is available below.

 

Puguh Prasetya Utomo of the Faculty of Social Sciences Science at the University of Agder has submitted his thesis entitled «Institutionalized Resistance? Public School Responses to Contradictory Institutional Logics» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Friday 29 October 2021. 

He has followed the PhD-programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder, with specialisation in Public Administration.

The doctoral studies have been funded through the In Search of Balance (ISB ) scheme between the University of Agder (UiA) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Indonesia. Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Norwegian Embassy in Indonesia.  See also newsarticle.

Summary of the thesis by Puguh Prasetya Utomo:

Institutionalized Resistance

This doctoral thesis is an organizational study that explores the institutional and organizational issues behind education inequality in Indonesia that has been perceived as taken for granted.

Two problems

By examining multiple cases in which Indonesian public schools experienced and responded to conflicting institutional demands associated with school admission, i.e., the long-existing demand for selectivity vs. the emerging demand for inclusivity, this work draws on and contributes to the institutional theory of organizations.

This thesis answers the following two research problems:

(1) How do public sector organizations respond to an intra-institutional contradiction?

(2) How can both institution-level influences and organizational attributes explain the organizational responses?

Empirical findings

Based on the empirical findings, it can be concluded that public sector organizations, particularly those facing conflicting institutional pressures imposed by a dominant institutional actor, tend to exhibit homogeneous strategy bundles in responding to institutional contradictions.

These response bundles indicate conformity to one institutional demand, i.e., the long-institutionalized practice and resistance to the counter normative one. The commonality of response patterns occurred because of cultural-cognitive aspects of institutional influence, which is called a stereotypical isomorphic influence.

However, further analysis reveals variations in particular responses to the emerging demand for inclusivity, which was perceived as controversial.

The configurations of conflicting institutional demands’ characteristics and organizational attributes played an essential role in determining resistance strategies adopted by the schools, which hampered efforts to institutionalize inclusive education in Indonesia.

What to do as an audience member:

The disputation is open to the public, but to follow the trial lecture and the public defence, which is transmitted via the Zoom conferencing app, you have to register as an audience member:

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Opponent ex auditorio:

The chair invites members of the public to pose questions ex auditorio in the introduction to the public defense, with deadlines. It is a prerequisite that the opponent has read the thesis. Questions can be submitted to the chair Anne Halvorsen on e-mail anne.halvorsen@uia.no

 

Disputation facts:

The trial lecture and the public defence will take place online, via the Zoom conferencing app - link below.

Dean Anne Halvorsen, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder, will chair the disputation.

The trial lecture Friday 29 October at 08:15 hours CET

Public defence Friday 29 October at 10:15 hours CET

 

Given topic for trial lecture«Discuss the use of institutional theory in the analysis of secondary education»

Thesis Title«Institutionalized Resistance?Public School Responses to Contradictory Institutional Logics»

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder.

The thesis is available here:

https://hdl.handle.net/11250/2824054

 

The CandidatePuguh Prasetya Utomo (1983, Pati, Indonesia) Bachelor degree (2006) and Master degree (2009) Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia. IPresent position: Lecturer at UGM.

Opponents:

First opponent: Professor Jan-Erik Johanson, Tampere University, Finland

Second opponent: Professor Linda Wedlin, Uppsala University, Sweden

Associate Professor Charlotte Kiland, Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment committee.

Supervisors in the doctoral work were Professor Romulo M. Pinheiro (main supervisor) and Professor Dag Ingvar Jacobsen (co-supervisor)