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‘Healing the scars of history’: Projects, skills and field strategies in institutional entrepreneurship

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posted on 10.07.2007, 13:15 by Markus Perkmann, Andre Spicer
We explore what institutional entrepreneurs do to propagate new organizational forms. Our findings are derived from a longitudinal study of the ‘Euroregion’, an organizational form used by local authorities situated close to European borders for co-ordinating policies across borders. We find that the institutional entrepreneurs behind the Euroregion engaged in several types of institution-building projects, with a changing focus over time. While the initial emphasis was on interactional projects, this was followed by a focus on technical projects and finally cultural projects. The skills the institutional entrepreneurs deployed changed accordingly. While in a first phase predominantly political skills were used, later analytical skills and finally cultural skills were added. Furthermore, the institutional entrepreneurs propagated the organizational form by switching their institution-building projects between different fields. We interpret these findings by outlining a process theory of institutional entrepreneurship that conceptualises the institutional entrepreneur in light of its development as an innovating organization.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Citation

Perkmann, M. and Spicer, A., 2007. ‘Healing the scars of history’: Projects, skills and field strategies in institutional entrepreneurship. Organization Studies, 28(7), pp. 1101-1122

Publisher

© Walter de Gruyter & Co

Publication date

2007

Notes

This article was published in the journal, Organization Studies. The definite version of this paper will appear in Organization Studies (special issue on Institutional Entrepreneurship, 2007).

ISSN

0170-8406

Language

en

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