Institutional Entrepreneurs’ Skills: A Multi-dimensional Concept

Emamdeen Fohim

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Microfoundational research increasingly strives to examine the interlinkages between various higher- and lower-level structures. To better capture microfounded change processes, I develop the multi-dimensional concept of institutional entrepreneurs’ skills that defines actors’ abilities to enhance institutional change. By a systematic literature review on institutional entrepreneurship, I identify seven institutional entrepreneurs’ skill dimensions: (i) analytical skills, (ii) empathic skills, (iii) framing skills, (iv) translational skills, (v) organizational skills, (vi) tactical skills, and (vii) timing skills. The established concept provides opportunities for future microfoundational research by examining the formation and the application of the seven skill dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrofoundations of Institutions
EditorsPatrick Haack, Jost Sieweke, Lauri Wessel
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9781787691285
ISBN (Electronic)9781787691278, 9781787691292
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


  • Institutional change
  • Institutional contradictions
  • Institutional entrepreneurship
  • Microfoundations of institutions
  • New institutional theory
  • Social skills

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