Study co-authored by Professor Paul Tracey on challenging ‘guarded institutions’ is featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review.
A study co-authored by Professor Paul Tracey of Cambridge Judge Business School about how social change organisations can challenge “guarded institutions” is featured in the latest edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).
The study recently published in the
Academy of Management Journal looks at how an international children’s
rights organisation worked in Indonesia to disrupt child marriage, by building
a secret coalition of partners including local activists and youth groups to
form a social movement.
The study’s findings “challenge
organisational theorists who have long drawn distinctions between ‘astroturfing’
campaigns that are fabricated, or organised from above, and authentic
grassroots movements that emerge from below,” the SSIR said.
“We examine how organisations
can challenge institutions that are coercively protected by powerful elites –
guarded institutions – when they are unable or unwilling to advocate publicly
against them,” says the study.