'Heterogeneous institutional emergence process and causal mechanism

SITE (Science, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship)

Speaker:Prof. Nazrul Islam, University of Exeter
Date: Wednesday 15 May 2019
Time: 10.30
Location: 0.28 Streatham Court

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Studies show theoretical development and the sociological dimension of the process of the institutionalization. Over the year institutional emergence is a key topic in organizational institutionalism that continues to yield important insights about how institutions can be built, sustained, and displaced. Yet most of the studies in the extant literature focus on social movement and their framing activities, little empirical research has explicitly looked at the role of technology and scientists in heterogeneous institutional emergence. The paper maps the causal mechanisms of institutional entity creation, showing various trajectories that institutions can follow. We adopt a mixed-methods research approach, utilising both quantitative and qualitative data, to unpack the multiple dimensions of the issues of institutional emergence. Building on extensive publication and patent databases, the research examines the technology attributes that drive scientists to relocate, collaborate and share resources in creating new institutional identities. Based on extensive semi-structured interview evidence, the study develops a qualitative system dynamics model which expresses the interviewees’ highly informed hypotheses of the causal mechanisms underlying the emergence of these new institutional forms. The results show that scientists’ intention of working with re-labelled research and their interdisciplinary collaboration have triggered the development of heterogeneous institutions and we throw light on the causal mechanism of this process, using cases for validation, emphasizing the importance of stakeholders’ mobilization and legitimization.