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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: A heuristic for conceptualizing and uncovering the determinants of agency in socio-technical transitions
Authors: Duygan, Mert
Stauffacher, Michael
Meylan, Grégoire
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2019.02.002
Published in: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
Volume(Issue): 33
Page(s): 13
Pages to: 29
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 2210-4224
Language: English
Subjects: Agency; Discourse; Institutional entrepreneurship; Resources; Social network; Institutional work
Subject (DDC): 658.406: Innovation management, change management
Abstract: There has been a growing interest in transition studies on the role of agency in bringing about disruptive change. Previous studies have examined how actors perform institutional work to create legitimacy and transform institutions. In doing so, they have provided insights into specific practices and strategies that actors follow. This paper seeks to complement existing studies by elucidating the foundations of agency that transforms institutions through institutional work. Drawing on institutional sociology and organizational studies, resources, discourses and networks of actors are identified as key elements enabling institutional work practices. The agency of each actor is conceived of as dependent on the configurations it possesses with respect to these elements. A heuristic is presented that helps to determine the configurations associated with a strong agency in empirical settings and use Swiss waste management as an illustrative case example. The heuristic enables a systematic analysis of agency across different organizational fields.
Fulltext version: Accepted version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Restricted until: 2021-12-01
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: International Management Institute (IMI)
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