Research Seminar: The Emergence, Institutionalization and structuring of an Organizational field: an analysis of a sector's history
This article examines how movement-like behavior by common citizens contribute to institutional change and the creation of new industries and how these are challenged and destabilized by emergent processes. We build on current efforts to bridge social movement in sociology and institutional perspectives to study a period of time involving complex transformations, such as a transition from social movement to high investment institutions. Drawing on the case of how the Danish district heating movement enabled the rise of an institutionalized and regulated Danish district-heating sector, we argue that the complexity is not resolved and that both elements co-exist as the transition never finished. Consequently, the study contributes new insights into theories of institutional development, social movements, and sector emergence.
Key words: institutional theory, organizational theory, social movement theory, sector emergence, district heating, Denmark.
Presented by: Lars Dietrichson, Aarhus university
Author: Lars Dietrichson
Reviewer/opponent: Ivar Friis
12:00-12:05 Intro by Kim Sundtoft Hald
12:05-12:30 Presentation of paper ” THE EMERGENCE, INSTITUTIONALIZATION AND STRUCTURING OF AN ORGANIZATIONAL FIELD: AN ANALYSIS OF A SECTOR’S HISTORY” by Lars Dietrichson (Aarhus University)
12:30-12:40 Critical constructive review by Ivar Friis
12:40-13:00 Review comments and open discussion by ALL
About Lars Dietrichson
My name is Lars Dietrichson, born in Norway (62 years old), and permanently located in Denmark since 2003. My PhD (Aalborg university) is from 2016, so I’m a young researcher. My previous education is MSc (Cand. IT, 2007), MBA (1991), and BSc (IT, 1979). Since 2007 I have been employed at Aalborg university (2007-2013), and at Aarhus university (2013-present). I have previously held various positions in the private sector, both managerial (CEO, CFO, consultancy) and technical (engineer, consultancy).
During my PhD, I was employed by the Danish district heating association (Industrial PhD), to study benchmarking in the sector. The title of my PhD was “Benchmarking in the Danish district-heating sector: From regulation and governing to knowledge sharing and learning”.
My research areas are mainly within accounting, and particularly management accounting (ABC, benchmarking), and accounting information systems with particular focus on top management’s governance of enterprise IT.