Turning point mechanisms in a dualistic process model of institutional emergence: The case of the diesel particulate filter in Germany


Guerard, Stéphane ; Bode, Christoph ; Gustafsson, Robin



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840613479237
URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0170840613...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: Organization Studies
Volume: 34
Issue number: 5/6
Page range: 781-822
Place of publication: London [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage [u.a.]
ISSN: 0170-8406
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Stiftungslehrstuhl für Procurement (Bode 2014-)
Subject: 650 Management
Keywords (English): buffering strategies , diesel particulate filter , dualistic process model , emergence , framing contest , institution , objectification , social movement , turning point
Abstract: Based on an in-depth case study investigating the emergence of a normative institution, namely the diesel particulate filter (DPF) as a de facto standard for diesel cars in Germany, this paper develops a dualistic process model of institutional emergence which reflects the fundamental oppositional character of institutional actors involved in a series of framing contests. The proposed model features distinct phases punctuated by turning point mechanisms that shape the process leading to institutional emergence. Three specific turning point mechanisms were identified: local objectification, movement legitimacy and critical actors taking action. This model provides a novel perspective on institutional emergence in that it explains shifts in contestation and the emergence of an institution as a temporal resolution reached through coercion rather than out of a consensus as several institutionalization models assume. The results also suggest that the industry under attack from a social movement tends to deploy buffering strategies in an attempt to protect itself. Finally, we outline future directions for studying processes around contested fields and turning point mechanisms.

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Guerard, Stéphane ; Bode, Christoph ORCID: 0000-0001-5006-5804 ; Gustafsson, Robin (2013) Turning point mechanisms in a dualistic process model of institutional emergence: The case of the diesel particulate filter in Germany. Organization Studies London [u.a.] 34 5/6 781-822 [Article]


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