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Institutional Entrepreneurship
Institutional entrepreneurship
Introduction

In this chapter, we review the emerging and rapidly growing body of organizational research on institutional entrepreneurship. This term refers to the ‘activities of actors who have an interest in particular institutional arrangements and who leverage resources to create new institutions or to transform existing ones’ (Maguire, Hardy & Lawrence, 2004: 657); while institutional entrepreneurs are those actors to whom the responsibility for new or changed institutions is attributed. These concepts are most closely associated with DiMaggio's (1988: 14) work in which he argued that ‘new institutions arise when organized actors with sufficient resources (institutional entrepreneurs) see in them an opportunity to realize interests that they value highly’. Institutional entrepreneurs can also work to maintain or to disrupt and tear down institutions, ...

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