'Healing the Scars of History': Projects, Skills and Field Strategies in Institutional Entrepreneurship

Organization Studies, Vol. 28, No. 7, pp. 1101-1122, 2007

39 Pages Posted: 13 May 2008 Last revised: 26 Feb 2009

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Markus Perkmann

Imperial College Business School

Andre Spicer

University of Warwick - Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour (IROB) Subject Group

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 that 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 conceptualizes the institutional entrepreneur in light of its development as an innovating organization.

Keywords: institutional entrepreneurship, skills, fields, organizational forms, cross-border regions, Euroregions

Suggested Citation

Perkmann, Markus and Spicer, Andre, 'Healing the Scars of History': Projects, Skills and Field Strategies in Institutional Entrepreneurship. Organization Studies, Vol. 28, No. 7, pp. 1101-1122, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1132812

Markus Perkmann (Contact Author)

Imperial College Business School ( email )

London, SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

Andre Spicer

University of Warwick - Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour (IROB) Subject Group ( email )

Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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