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Managing the grand challenge of biological threats to food production: the importance of institutional logics for managing Australian biosecurity

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Bryant, M and Higgins, V, Managing the grand challenge of biological threats to food production: the importance of institutional logics for managing Australian biosecurity, Australian Journal of Management, 44, (4) pp. 534-550. ISSN 0312-8962 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0312896219867997

Abstract

This article argues that an institutional logics framework is critical for developing a shared responsibility approach to managing the grand challenge of biosecurity in Australian agriculture. We identify the dominant logics evident in the Australian biosecurity context. In doing so, we draw attention to how a shared responsibility approach is compromised by tensions created by multiple logics, such as varying interpretations of biosecurity roles and responsibilities that different actors hold. However, in reframing such tensions from an institutional ambidexterity framework, we argue that a shared responsibility approach is achievable and, through examples from the Australian context, highlight the sites and spaces through which it may be fostered. We argue that identifying these sites and spaces requires that scholars conceptualise logics as blended rather than as discrete modes of operation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australian agriculture, biosecurity, grand challenges, institutional logics, shared responsibility
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisation and management theory
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Bryant, M (Professor Melanie Bryant)
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Professor Vaughan Higgins)
ID Code:135282
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP190102517)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-10-10
Last Modified:2019-11-04
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