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Failed institution building: understanding the interplay between agency, social skill and context

Edwards, Timothy James and Jones, Ossie 2008. Failed institution building: understanding the interplay between agency, social skill and context. Scandinavian Journal of Management 24 (1) , pp. 44-54. 10.1016/j.scaman.2007.12.001

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Abstract

This article examines the idea of institution building in terms of the interplay between agentic orientation, social skill and context. It argues that a relational approach to agency provides a useful framework for understanding the limits of social skill in explaining such processes. A detailed account, using the lens supplied by the idea of ‘agentic orientation’ helps to elaborate the failed formation of NewBuC, a public–private partnership designed to give assistance to entrepreneurs keen to establish technology-based companies on a UK Regional Science Park. This approach is seen to provide a conception of agency that allows for critical reflection at the micro-level around the role of champions and social skill in institutional analysis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relational approach; Agency; Failed institution building; Social skill; Champions; Regional Science Park
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0956-5221
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:34
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/22854

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