Deep Sea Port Performance as Key to Public Sector Financial Accountability: Institutional Logics Approach

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List of Authors: Jean C. Mutiganda, Daniela Argento, Giuseppe Grossi
Place: University of Malta
Publication year: 2015


This study extends institutional logics and accountability literature to organisational

Theoretical approach and research question
The study uses institutional logics theory to analyse how a shift in the institutional
logics prevailing within an organisation affects both organisational performance and
inter-organisational accountability. To increase focus, the paper analyses public
accountability as between public managers and political decision makers.

Method and context data
A field study was conducted from 2010 to 2015 in Finland. Data are based on official
financial reports, internal managerial reports, interviews and meetings observation in
both a regional seaport and its owner organisation. Data analysis uses critical realism
methodology on mechanisms, causations and outcome, which provides robust settings to overcome problems related to embedded agency in institutional logics theorising.

The study shows that a shift from administrative logics to entrepreneurship logics
with efficiency logics in focus improved performance of the port at intraorganisational
and inter-organisational levels. The improved performance cannot be
taken for granted to improve public accountability between the port and the city,
however, when analysed from the value-for-money approach.

The ways in which entrepreneurship logics institutionalise within an organisation, its
effect on organisational performance and public accountability at inter-organisational
levels are major contributions of this paper.


Change, Entrepreneurship, Institutional logics, Performance, Public accountability, Public sector, Seaport

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