Build Artifacts in Sustainable Urban Projects: When Pragmatism Makes Innovation

Rebecca Pinheiro-Croisel, Tor Hernes

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This paper explores innovation and social behaviourist theory in relation to sustainable urban projects in the highly institutionalized public sector (towns). Using empirical data from France, we examine the dynamics of a design process in which unexpected practices generated innovative urban design. We show how the fact that the design process did not follow the standard phases of planning meant that the actors redefined themselves in relation to one another. We point out how the absence of urban design plans during a precise phase of an innovative design process drew the actors into a movement of collective action, which presupposed the acquisition of a new identity. Ultimately, our objective is to combine social behaviourist theory and innovation theory and to facilitate innovative design in urban projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) Workshop : Rules, Regulations and Materiality in Management and Organization Studies
EditorsNathalie Mitev, François-Xavier de Vaujany, Paolo Spagnoletti, Yesh Nama
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherUniversité Paris Dauphine
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event4th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices Workshop. OAP 2014 - LUISS Guido Carli, Roma, Italy
Duration: 26 Jun 201427 Jun 2014
Conference number: 4


Workshop4th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices Workshop. OAP 2014
LocationLUISS Guido Carli
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