American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

The Interaction of Embedded Actors and Exogenous Events: The Emergence of Proteomics
Annetta Fortune

This paper examines the influence of exogenous events within the emergence of an organizational field focusing on which actors becomes institutional entrepreneurs and how these institutional entrepreneurs enable exogenous events to influence an endogenous institutional change process. Focusing on the emergence of proteomics as an institutional change process, it is the success and legitimacy of embedded actors that enables and encourages these actors to take action. The confluence of successful embedded actors who agree with a new logic and an exogenous event transforms embedded actors into institutional entrepreneurs. These institutional entrepreneurs then function as a conduit that translates the influence of exogenous events to the emergence process through their actions and reactions.

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