Institutional Effects of Interorganizational Collaboration: The Emergence of Proto-Institutions

Lawrence, Thomas B., Hardy, Cynthia and Phillips, Nelson (2002) Institutional Effects of Interorganizational Collaboration: The Emergence of Proto-Institutions. Academy of Management Journal, 45 (1). pp. 281-290.


We argue that collaboration can act as a source of change in institutional fields through the generation of “proto-institutions”: new practices, rules, and technologies that transcend a particular collaborative relationship and may become new institutions if they diffuse sufficiently. A four-year study of the collaborative activities of a small nongovernmental organization in Palestine suggests that collaborations that are both highly embedded and have highly involved partners are the most likely to generate proto-institutions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Interorganizational relations, Business networks, Business communication, Organizational change, Organizational sociology, Strategic alliances (Business), Interprofessional relations, Interpersonal relations, Organizational behavior, Partnership(Business)
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 13:10
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2016 17:46
Funders: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, les Fonds pour la Formation des Chercheurs et l’Aide a la Recherche de Quebec, University of Melbourne

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