Berente N, Gal U. Digital Infrastructures and Institutional Change: Organizations, Identity Work, and Logics. Oral presentation at Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL, United States. Aug 2013.
Current work on institutional change emphasizes the identities that actors draw upon to enact the scripts that change prevailing, well-entrenched institutions over time. We conduct a grounded exploration of the identity work associated with a particular institutional change - the evolution of computational science. Specifically, through interviews with 55 leaders and managers of cyberinfrastructure organizations, we look into the relationship between their identities and the evolution of the digital infrastructure upon which the institutional patterns of computational science evolve. We identify three themes in their identity work: (1) organizational identities as a mechanism through which identity work changes institutions; (2) the complex, nested nature of organizational and individual identities; and (3) the transitional nature of identities over time throughout the course of institutional change.
Online at: http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2013/1/17291?related-urls=yes&legid=amproc;2013/1/17291
digital infrastructures, identity work, institutional change
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