Mobilisation of issue networks: the case of fighting heart disease in Finland

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School of Business | A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2009
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Language
en
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400-417
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International Journal of Business Environment, Volume 2, Issue 4
Abstract
In this study we examine the mobilisation processes of public, private and third sector actors to solve pressing contemporary issues. We develop an analytical framework that integrates the business network and institutional entrepreneurship literature to investigate the initial mobilisation processes of issue networks. Empirically, we focus on collective actions in Finland to tackle heart disease, which is a pressing global health issue. Our results stress the role of network mobilisers in creating institutional change by framing the issues and connecting different networks. We argue that network relationships are the key resource for creating institutional change and solving common issues.
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issue networks, actor mobilisation, institutional change, collective action, historical case study, heart disease, functional foods, Finland, business networks, institutional entrepreneurship, organisational change
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Ritvala, Tiina & Salmi, Asta. 2009. Mobilisation of issue networks: the case of fighting heart disease in Finland. International Journal of Business Environment. Volume 2, Issue 4. 400-417. ISSN 1740-0589 (printed). DOI: 10.1504/ijbe.2009.028792