Experimentation and Bricolage on Institutions: Understanding the Selection of New Arrangements

Melodie Cartel, Eva Boxenbaum, Franck Aggeri

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This paper examines how innovative institutional arrangements are generated during processes of institutional bricolage. The aim of the paper is to highlight how an arrangement is selected among the others when many alternatives exist or are imaginable. To address this question, we present a qualitative study of institutional bricolage in the context of the making of the European carbon market. We suggest that, during episodes of experimental bricolage, alternative arrangements may be tested and evaluated inside experimental spaces named platforms. We identify three selection mechanisms of innovative arrangements at play inside such platforms: tacit compromise, natural selection and negotiation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventXXIII AIMS Conference. 2014 - ESC Rennes School of Business, Rennes, France
Duration: 26 May 201428 May 2014
Conference number: 23


ConferenceXXIII AIMS Conference. 2014
LocationESC Rennes School of Business
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