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

Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 1025-1035, September 2008

11 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2011 Last revised: 25 Jan 2016

Joseph Lampel

Alliance Manchester Business School

Alan D. Meyer

University of Oregon - Department of Management

Date Written: 2008

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.

Keywords: fields, festivals, trade shows, technology demonstrations, networks, social resources

Suggested Citation

Lampel, Joseph and Meyer, Alan D., Field-Configuring Events as Structuring Mechanisms: How Conferences, Ceremonies, and Trade Shows Constitute New Technologies, Industries, and Markets (2008). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 1025-1035, September 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1862360

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Alan D. Meyer

University of Oregon - Department of Management ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403-1208
United States

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