GBI Seminar Series: How do competing institutional logics shape organisation- and place-specific resource dependences in mining partnerships?

A case study of a mining MNC in Australia and Mongolia

Join us for our next edition of the GBI Seminar Series to hear Dr. Natalya Turkina, a VC Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Graduate School of Business and Law present her recent paper.

Natalya Turkina Dr. Natalya Turkina

Cross-sector partnerships have become a widespread mechanism for mining firms and ‘communities in place’, who depend on each other’s resource, to outline their land rights and stake-holding. However, mining partnerships are often contentious, as partners’ understandings of organisation- and place-specific resources are shaped by competing institutional logics (i.e., not-for-profits’ dominant social logic and for-profits’ dominant market logic). Yet, little is known about how competing institutional logics shape resource dependences in mining partnerships.

In this paper, Dr. Turkina addresses this gap by conducting a comparative case study of how a mining MNC, community NGOs and local governments of mining towns negotiated mining partnerships in Australia and Mongolia. The findings of this study show how partners’ dominant institutional logics (the MNC’s market logic, community NGOs’ community logic and local governments’ state logic) constitute their understandings of the present, place-specific resources they aim to protect and the absent, organisation-specific resources they aim to acquire in mining partnerships. This paper contributes to the theories of partnerships, institutional logics and resource dependence. The results of this study also have some important practical implications for decision-makers of mining MNCs, community NGOs and local governments, as well as policy makers in resource-rich countries, such as Australia and Mongolia.

Natalya Turkina obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in 2019, Master of Arts in International Economy and Business from the Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary) in 2013, and Bachelor with Honours in Economics from the Siberian Academy of Public Administration (Russia) in 2008. She has 10+ years of professional experience in the Research and Education, Business and Government sectors in Europe and Australia. She researches in the areas of Business Ethics, Corporate Social and Environmental Sustainability and Responsibility.

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