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Struggles for meaning and struggles for control: The diffusion of bandwagon technology in two institutional environments


Guérard, Stéphane; Langley, Ann (2009). Struggles for meaning and struggles for control: The diffusion of bandwagon technology in two institutional environments. University of Zurich Working Paper 101, University of Zurich.

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Using comparative case studies, this paper shows how institutional contexts influence the process of diffusion of a complex technology by determining the pattern of material resources and authority available to actors in their struggles to control the technology, and by constituting the discursive resources that may be mobilized in their struggles to shape its meaning in preferred ways. The paper also reveals how governance structures may be contested and realigned when they conflict with interests legitimized by dominant institutional logics. This form of contestation and adjustment constitutes one mechanism by which institutional frameworks are tested, stretched and reproduced or redefined.

Abstract

Using comparative case studies, this paper shows how institutional contexts influence the process of diffusion of a complex technology by determining the pattern of material resources and authority available to actors in their struggles to control the technology, and by constituting the discursive resources that may be mobilized in their struggles to shape its meaning in preferred ways. The paper also reveals how governance structures may be contested and realigned when they conflict with interests legitimized by dominant institutional logics. This form of contestation and adjustment constitutes one mechanism by which institutional frameworks are tested, stretched and reproduced or redefined.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:16 Apr 2013 11:43
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 19:36
Series Name:University of Zurich Working Paper
Official URL:http://ssrn.com/abstract=1476754
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:4680

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