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Title: ‘Healing the scars of history’: Projects, skills and field strategies in institutional entrepreneurship
Authors: Perkmann, Markus
Spicer, Andre
Keywords: skills
institutional entrepreneurship
fields
organizational form
cross-border region
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © Walter de Gruyter & Co
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
Abstract: 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.
Description: 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).
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/2972
ISSN: 0170-8406
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