The Innovative Capacity of Institutional Entrepreneurs

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dc.contributor.author Boxenbaum, Eva en_US
dc.contributor.author Battilana, Julie en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:24:25Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:24:25Z
dc.date.issued 2006-09-26T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6719
dc.description.abstract The notion of institutional entrepreneur (DiMaggio, 1988) has given rise to a controversy in neo-institutional theory around the ability of actors to distance themselves from institutional pressures, envision alternative institutional patterns, and act strategically to change institutions in which they are embedded. This paper empirically examines the ability of embedded actors to envision alternative institutional patterns, that is, their innovative capacity. We analyze the role that an individual played in the development of a new institutional logic of corporate social responsibility in Denmark between 2001 and 2002. Based on our empirical findings on the innovative capacity of this individual, we propose a new definition of institutional entrepreneurs that is more compatible with the premises of neo-institutional theory than the one proposed by DiMaggio (1988). We propose that institutional entrepreneurs are institutionally bounded agents who a) transpose an institutional logic across fields and introduce it as a deliberate alternative to the institutional logic in the focal field, or b) deliberately seek to diffuse an alternative logic within a field. en_US
dc.format.extent 39 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2004-007 en_US
dc.title The Innovative Capacity of Institutional Entrepreneurs en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt06sep26 mielmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Organisation og Arbejdssociologi
dc.contributor.departmentshort IOA en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Organisation and Industrial Sociology
dc.contributor.departmentukshort OIS
dc.description.notes For symposium: Perspectives on Institutional Entrepreneurship Academy of Management Annual Conference New Orleans, August 6-11, 2004 en_US
dc.idnumber x656517696 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2004 en_US
dc.title.subtitle A Reconstruction of Corporate Social Responsibility en_US


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