How Standards Enable the Emergence of Sustainable Construction as a New Organizational Field

Eva Boxenbaum, Susse Georg, Satu Reijonen, Gabriela Lucía Garza de Linde

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This paper examines the role of standards in the emergence of new fields. We analyzed the current formation of sustainable construction as a new field within the Danish construction sector. Data were derived from four qualitative studies on mandatory and voluntary standards pertaining to sustainability. On the basis of these studies, we propose that standards shape the emergence of new fields within an existing 'parental' field by 1) stimulating innovation and encouraging other actors to adopt this innovation, 2) generating boundaries around a distinct actor group that become associated with a new field, and 3) drawing legitimacy from central actors and creating networks that facilitate the mobilization of new field members. We conclude with implications for institutionalist research on structuration and field formation as well as implications for the practice of sustainable construction.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2013: Capitalism in Question - Lake Bueno Vista (Orlando), FL, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201313 Aug 2013
Conference number: 73


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLake Bueno Vista (Orlando), FL
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