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Transformational organizations and institutional change: the case of the Institut Pasteur and French science

Jerald Hage and Jonathon Mote

in Socio-Economic Review

Published on behalf of Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

Volume 6, issue 2, pages 313-336
Published in print April 2008 | ISSN: 1475-1461
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1475-147X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwm022
Transformational organizations and institutional change: the case of the Institut Pasteur and French science

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This article seeks to articulate the concept of the transformational organization, an organization with the capacity to transform its institutional environment with discontinuous changes in normative patterns or institutional rules. The possibility of an organization successfully departing from the contours of the institutional environment seems doubtful given our understanding of institutional processes, such as institutional isomorphism and path dependency. Drawing on the historical case of the Institut Pasteur, we identify the primary institutional mechanisms that allowed the Institut Pasteur to successfully alter the French scientific environment with the creation of the discipline of biomedicine.

Keywords: organizational change; institutional change; scientific and technological research; France; D02 institutions: design, formation and operations; O31 innovation and invention: processes and incentives; O32 management of technological innovation and R&D

Journal Article.  9646 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy ; Corporate Social Responsibility ; Welfare Economics ; Political Economy ; Economic Sociology

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