Linking Local Experiments to Global Standards: How Project Networks Promote Global Institution-Building

Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 398-416, 2010

20 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2010 Last revised: 18 Apr 2011

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Stephan Manning

University of Sussex Business School

Oliver von Hagen

International Trade Centre (UN/WTO)

Date Written: August 30, 2010

Abstract

Global regulations, such as social and environmental standards, often result from project-based multi-stakeholder initiatives. Many initiatives fail because key stakeholders cannot be mobilized, or partners are incapable of establishing common ground. We show that local development projects aimed at testing and implementing new practices at the local level and strategically coordinated project networks linking local projects and project partners together across national boundaries can facilitate global institution-building. Based on a longitudinal case study of the emergence of the Common Code for the Coffee Community, we develop a process model of global standard development and discuss in particular the importance of global project networks as intermediary organizational forms. We inform research on global standard development and institution-building, and project-based learning and coordination across national boundaries.

Keywords: Sustainability standards, global institution-building, project networks, multi-stakeholder process, institutional entrepreneurship, development projects

JEL Classification: F13, F16, F18, F53, F55, F59, L15, L32, O13, O19, P45, P48, Q11, Q17, Q28, Q56

Suggested Citation

Manning, Stephan and von Hagen, Oliver, Linking Local Experiments to Global Standards: How Project Networks Promote Global Institution-Building (August 30, 2010). Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 398-416, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1668888

Stephan Manning (Contact Author)

University of Sussex Business School ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

Oliver Von Hagen

International Trade Centre (UN/WTO) ( email )

54-56 Rue de Montbrillant
Geneva, 1202
Switzerland

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