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Eyes Wide Shut: Technology Entrepreneurship, Inertia and the Impact of Organizational Field Transparency

Thomond, Pete, Steffens, Paul R., & Lettice, Fiona (2007) Eyes Wide Shut: Technology Entrepreneurship, Inertia and the Impact of Organizational Field Transparency. In Fourth AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, February 6-9, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Research has consistently linked organizational inertia to the failure of industry incumbents to prosper or even survive from periods of discontinuous change driven by technological entrepreneurship. Recent work has unbundled the structure of inertia into two key determinants; 'resource rigidities' and 'routine rigidities'. In this study, we elaborate our understanding of the conditions under which these two forms of inertia are likely to occur, by drawing on the notion of Organizational Field Transparency, central to Institutional Theory. We use four years of field data from two manufacturing cases and their 21 responses to discontinuous threats and opportunities. We show that as a manager’s experience of their organizational field transparency varies (opaque, semi-transparent, transparent, semi-hazy or hazy) so does their sensitivity to discontinuous threats and opportunities, along with the legitimacy and intensity of resource and routine rigidities. We offer our findings as a novel conceptual progression with five two-part propositions, which also have implications for dealing with heterogeneity in entrepreneurship and innovation research.[1]

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ID Code: 6657
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: For further information please contact Peter Thomond on p.thomond@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Peter Thomond, Paul Steffens, Discontinuous Change, Technological Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Organizational Field Transparency
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (Please consult author)
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:36

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