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Articles (2021), Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 69, pp. 211-236

Shift in hybridity in response to environmental complexity: The transformation of the Italian Guardia di Finanza

RAMUS Tommaso , VERSARI Pietro, ANTONINO Vaccaro, BRUSONI Stefano

A key challenge for hybrid organizations is managing to recombine the different institutional logics they incorporate while navigating complex, fast-changing environments. To examine how hybrids address this issue, the authors analyze the evolution of the Italian fiscal police – the Guardia di Finanza – from its foundation in 1862. Building on this unique case of a fiscal law enforcement agency that incorporates public fiscal and military logics, the authors propose that hybrid organizations can integrate the different logics they incorporate on the basis of four mechanisms. The mechanisms of upward and downward vertical integration trigger the integration of different logics throughout the entire organization. Integrated horizontal task extension and integrated horizontal competency extension enable an organization to manage a broader range of tasks while it develops the competencies that environmental complexity demands. These four mechanisms interact and, when properly managed, reinforce each other. With this chapter, the authors contribute to research on the processual nature of organizational hybridity and to broader research on the role of structures and competencies in dealing with environmental complexity. Lien vers l'article

RAMUS, T., VERSARI, P., ANTONINO, V. and BRUSONI, S. (2021). Shift in hybridity in response to environmental complexity: The transformation of the Italian Guardia di Finanza. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 69, pp. 211-236.

Mots clés : #Environmental-complexity, #integrated-horizontal-competence-extension