Shielding idiosyncrasy from isomorphic pressures

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Shielding idiosyncrasy from isomorphic pressures

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dc.contributor.author Alvarez, José Luis en_US
dc.contributor.author Mazza, Carmelo en_US
dc.contributor.author Strandgaard Pedersen, Jesper en_US
dc.contributor.author Svejenova, Silviya en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:24:20Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:24:20Z
dc.date.issued 2004-01-21T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6672
dc.description.abstract Abstract. This paper advances a micro theory of creative action by examining how distinctive artists shield their idiosyncratic styles from the isomorphic pressures of a field. It draws on the cases of three internationally recognized, distinctive European film directors - Pedro Almodóvar (Spain), Nanni Moretti (Italy) and Lars von Trier (Denmark). We argue that in a cinema field, artistic pressures for distinctiveness along with business pressures for profits drive filmmakers’ quest for optimal distinctiveness. This quest seeks both exclusive, unique style and inclusive, audience-appealing artwork with legitimacy in the field. Our theory of creative action for optimal distinctiveness suggests that film directors increase their control by personally consolidating artistic and production roles, by forming close partnership with committed producer, and by establishing own production company. Ironically, to escape the iron cage of local cinema fields, film directors increasingly control the coupling of art and business, hence forging their own "iron cage". "[T]he unusual and paradoxical place that Pedro [Almodóvar] has been able to find: we are within the industry but we preserve our peculiarity." (Agustín Almodóvar, 2001). Optimal distinctiveness: "social identity is viewed as reconciliation of opposing needs for assimilation and differentiation from others." (Marilynn Brewer, 1991). en_US
dc.format.extent 33 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Papers in Organization;2003-49 en_US
dc.subject.other filmbranche en_US
dc.subject.other europa en_US
dc.subject.other kreativitet en_US
dc.subject.other idividualisme en_US
dc.subject.other karriere en_US
dc.title Shielding idiosyncrasy from isomorphic pressures en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt04jan21 mielmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Organisation og Arbejdssociologi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IOA en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Organization and Industrial Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort OIS
dc.idnumber x656378335 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2003 en_US
dc.title.subtitle towards optimal distinctivenes in European film making en_US


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