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Conference Paper


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Publication Details

29th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, Montréal, Canada (July 2013).


We contribute to the literature of institutional logics by integrating a complementary view which is of composite boundary. We integrate the physical, social, and mental boundaries that encompass both the material and symbolic aspects of institutions in order to study the institutional change of knowledge – 'Mode 1 vs. 'Mode 2'. We identified three strategies that describe the extent to which scientists engage in this new area. Embracing is characterised by a commitment to the emerging area of nanoscience and nanotechnology at every level of boundary. While the second strategy – adjusting – describes a partial commitment, the third and last strategy – dissociating – describes a non-engagement to nanoscience and nanotechnology. We then describe that the formation of a new scientific space must be balanced as even the teams that embraced the change do so by relating their work to existing communities. We show that a powerful actor such as funding agencies cannot trigger institutional change if inner actors are not engaged in reconstructing their social and mental boundaries.