Institutional Entrepreneurship in Mature Fields: The Big Five Accounting Firms

Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 49, Issue 1, pp. 27-48, 2006

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-510

Posted: 5 Jun 2013  

Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Roy Suddaby

Peter B Gustavson School of Business

Date Written: Feb 1, 2005

Abstract

This study examines change initiated from the center of mature organizational fields. As such, it addresses the paradox of embedded agency — that is, the paradox of how actors enact changes to the context by which they, as actors, are shaped. The change examined is the introduction of a new organizational form. Combining network location theory and dialectical theory, we identify four dynamics that form a process model of elite institutional entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Research, Organizational Change, Accounting Firms, Management, Agency Theory, Organizational Research, New Business Enterprises, Institutional Theory (Sociology), Organizational Behavior, Knowledge Management, Dialectic

Suggested Citation

Greenwood, Royston and Suddaby, Roy, Institutional Entrepreneurship in Mature Fields: The Big Five Accounting Firms (Feb 1, 2005). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 49, Issue 1, pp. 27-48, 2006; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-510. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2274380

Royston Greenwood (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Roy Robert Suddaby

Peter B Gustavson School of Business ( email )

Victoria, British Columbia
Canada
250-721-6401 (Phone)

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