Responses to institutional complexity associated with safety requirements in a large nuclear industry project

Nadezhda Gotcheva, Kirsi Aaltonen, Jaakko Kujala

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Contemporary organizations are increasingly exposed to multiple institutional logics that prescribe differently what comprises acceptable goals and actions. The present study investigates responses to institutional complexity related to safety requirements in an international nuclear industry project. By adopting an in-depth inductive single case study, we approach a nuclear power plant project's organization as a project network. The findings reveal that multiple institutional logics co-exist in the project and in such a complex institutional setting the project actors draw on a broad response repertoire in an attempt to make sense of the change and craft an acceptable balance. Reconciling and aligning these different perceptions, logics and responses with a central focus on ensuring safety is one of the prevailing challenges from safety management and project governance perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrevention of Accidents at Work
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Print)9781138037960
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
Event9th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work, WOS 2017 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 3 Oct 20176 Oct 2017


Conference9th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work, WOS 2017
Abbreviated titleWOS 2017
CountryCzech Republic



  • safety
  • institutional logics
  • project governance
  • nuclear industry

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