Field-Configuring Events as Structuring Mechanisms: How Conferences, Ceremonies, and Trade Shows Constitute New Technologies, Industries, and Marketsguest Editors Introduction

11 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2008

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Joseph Lampel

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Alan D. Meyer

University of Oregon - Department of Management

Abstract

In this introductory article to the Special Issue we make a case for the study of field-configuring events (FCEs). We begin with a discussion of the nature and character of FCEs. We next situate the study of FCEs in the context of ongoing research addressing the growth and evolution of institutional, organizational, and professional fields. We follow this with an overview of the relationship between FCEs and the evolution of fields, paying particular attention to how FCEs link field evolution at the macro level with individual action at the micro level. We then examine the unique methodological advantages that the study of FCEs offers to researchers who are interested in studying dynamic field processes. We conclude with a summary of the five papers that make up this Special Issue.

Suggested Citation

Lampel, Joseph and Meyer, Alan, Field-Configuring Events as Structuring Mechanisms: How Conferences, Ceremonies, and Trade Shows Constitute New Technologies, Industries, and Marketsguest Editors Introduction. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 45, Issue 6, pp. 1025-1035, September 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1211498 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00787.x

Joseph Lampel (Contact Author)

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom
44 (0)20 7040 8669 (Phone)

Alan Meyer

University of Oregon - Department of Management ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403-1208
United States

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