Awareness, institutional entrepreneurship, and contradictions in emerging technological fields

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Autio, Erkko, Prof.
dc.contributor.author Gustafsson, Robin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-23T11:37:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-23T11:37:53Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-248-258-7 (electronic)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-248-257-0 (printed) #8195;
dc.identifier.issn 1797-2515
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/4705
dc.description.abstract Despite extensive research on the emergence of technological fields and industries, a comprehensive theoretical explanation of what enables or inhibits the emergence of these fields has yet to be developed. To this extent, previous research has been unable to offer satisfactory theoretical explanations of the emergence and socio-cognitive dynamics of novel technological fields. This thesis thus sets out to study the emergence of awareness and institutional entrepreneurship in novel technological fields, and the contradictions that result from emergence. As a more general contribution, the thesis aims at advancing understanding about emergence and socio-cognitive dynamics in novel technological fields. Towards this end, an institutional sociological approach to study the interplay between the micro and macro-level emergent properties in novel technological fields is outlined. This approach provides a theoretical and analytical foundation to study the central socio-cognitive dynamics that pattern the emergence of technological fields. The thesis thus sets out firstly, to identify the distinct stages, dynamics, and paths in technology field emergence, specifically focusing on the socio-cognitive micro and macro-level properties. Secondly, the thesis intends to advance a socio-cognitive analysis of the central elements that influence the emergence of institutional entrepreneurship and awareness in novel technological fields, and how agency and awareness are related. Thirdly, the thesis aims to determine how the institutional properties of the prevailing and emergent technological fields enable and constrain technology field emergence. Specifically, the focus is on understanding how institutional contradictions have an impact on the strategies available to institutional entrepreneurs and their ability to advance field emergence. To explore these avenues of research, a multiple exploratory case study on the emergence of four technological fields, functional foods, well-being technologies, electronic publishing and printing, and modular constructional steel, was carried out. The study takes a multi-level approach, focusing on field-level, organizational-level, and individual-level emergent phenomena and their relationship. National technology programs in Finland executed during 1995-2005 were chosen as the empirical contexts to study the socio-cognitive dynamics and the emergence of technological fields. Institutional contradictions were traced to their foundations in order to account for the challenges of institutional entrepreneurship and to trace the socio-cognitive base that the emergent field challenged. The empirical analysis shows how emergence is centrally dependent on the degree of institutional contradictions that arise between institutional carriers of the predominant field and the emergent field, and how strong these contradictions are perceived to be by the relevant actors. Depending on whether institutional contradictions are weak or strong they confront actors with different socio-cognitive dynamics. The distinction between strong and weak institutional contradictions helps to understand the different options and viable strategies for institutional work by institutional entrepreneurs. The thesis provides conceptual and methodological advances for studying the emergence of technological fields. To the practical end, the thesis provides a valuable understanding of the social and cognitive dynamics of emerging technological fields; these are useful for further directing innovation policy towards distinct contextual and institutional conditions. en
dc.format.extent Verkkokirja (1455 KB, 223 s.)
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopiston teknillinen korkeakoulu en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management doctoral dissertation series, 2010/1 en
dc.subject.other Entrepreneurship
dc.subject.other Management
dc.title Awareness, institutional entrepreneurship, and contradictions in emerging technological fields en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.contributor.school Aalto-yliopiston teknillinen korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.department Tuotantotalouden laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Industrial Engineering and Management en
dc.subject.keyword technological fields en
dc.subject.keyword institutional entrepreneurship en
dc.subject.keyword awareness en
dc.subject.keyword institutional contradictions en
dc.subject.keyword socio-cognitive dynamics en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-248-258-7
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.contributor.supervisor Maula, Markku, Prof.
dc.contributor.supervisor Autio, Erkko, Prof.


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