Historical records claim that South Asian countries had a rich civilization, used advanced technologies (e.g., in irrigation systems, monument construction, etc.), and were self-sufficient with their-own practice-driven knowledge. In recent times, South Asian management practices have proven to be having multiple grounds, thus most of such practices claim a traditional route combined with the adoption or incorporation of Western-bound practices. The co-existence of rich cultural heritages and colonial influences have shaped the practices in the South Asian region. However, the clear ground routes of current organizational management practices in this region are yet to be uncovered. The present study aims to demonstrate the institutional logic behind the formation of contemporary management practices in South Asia. Drawing from the neo-institutional theory, and adopting the institutional logic perspective, this study explains the grounds on which the individual, organizational, and state-level institutions have been derived from both traditional (indigenous) as well as colonial institutional logic. Applying the document search as the method of data collection, and content analysis as the method of analysis, the study explores these logics in five selected South Asian countries, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The results of this study present a conceptual model of the interactive institutional logic and resultant individual, organizational and state-level actors in the institutional environment.
Kumudinei Dissanayake, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
About the Presenter(s)
Professor Kumudinei Dissanayake is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at University of Colombo in Sri Lanka
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