Institutional entrepreneurship （IE） is an emerging and relevant topic in the institutional theory. Existing literature has overemphasized the macro phenomenal descriptions but neglected the micro-process of the IE initiation. Individuals were thus reduced to un-reflexive entities that experience institutions as a totalizing set of instrumental prescriptions. Based on the social identity theory and emotion studies in institutional literature, we conduct a qualitative research of the local norm of a township cluster to unpack the micro-process of IE. We find that: （1） efficiency-driven calculation is the basic motivational process that individuals experience before they initiate new institutions; （2） individuals also experience social categorization, threat-focus and closeness-focus social identification processes, which is a new path and necessary precondition for endogenous change-oriented agency; （3） emotional competence performance and emotional sense-making serve as two mechanisms by which agency emerges from the social identification process. This study not only responds to recent calls to study micro-foundations and individual-level affective elements in the institutional theory, but also provides practical implications for managing institutional change processes in the Chinese transition economy.
Social Identification and Emotional Mechanisms in Institutional Entrepreneurship: A Qualitative Research of Township Cluster in China
Foreign Economics & Management Vol. 40, Issue 09, pp. 3 - 17 (2018) DOI:10.16538/j.cnki.fem.2018.09.001
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You Shuyang, Jia Liangding. Social Identification and Emotional Mechanisms in Institutional Entrepreneurship: A Qualitative Research of Township Cluster in China[J]. Foreign Economics & Management, 2018, 40(9): 3-17.
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