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Institutional entrepreneurs and small firms : how firm practices are being shaped in the context of demographic transformations

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Leick, Birgit:
Institutional entrepreneurs and small firms : how firm practices are being shaped in the context of demographic transformations.
In: Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Vol. 29 (2017) Issue 1 . - pp. 1-24.
ISSN 2169-2610
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08276331.2016.1248055

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Using the concept of institutional entrepreneurship, the present paper examines how change agents interact with firms to shape their existing practices to cope with demographic change in their local economies. Demographic challenges are considered to lead to fundamental market transformations, generating considerable uncertainty, notably for small and locally embedded firms. Based upon a case study from local economies in Germany that face demographic challenges, the paper demonstrates how such institutional entrepreneurs work to influence firms, steering the renewal of their existing practices towards adaptation to market change. The study first highlights the inspiration, vision, and power of such agents to promote and introduce new patterns of behavior and then elaborates how institutional entrepreneurship unfolds in a context where uncertainty and lack of consciousness for long-term market changes are prevalent among particularly small firms that are locally embedded in economies facing such change.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: institutional entrepreneurship; small businesses; locally embedded firms; demographic challenges; firm practices
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Economic Geography
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 12:17
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 12:17
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/36283