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PhD dissertation: Innovation, institutions and institutional innovation. Studies on diffusion and gatekeeping

The thesis studies institutional innovation, which is innovation that is not technological in nature per se, but that creates new ways of combining technological aspects with the social environment. The first part of this thesis studies the global and national diffusion of institutional innovations, and specifically how this diffusion is influenced by local institutions (for example regulations, norms and habits). The thesis looks at cases of the platform service Uber and renewable energy cooperatives, to shows how different actors operating on different geographical levels (for example globally travelling customers or locally active organizations) have an influence on local institutional environments that enable these institutional innovations’ diffusion. The second part of the thesis studies the role of gatekeepers, as intermediaries between producers and consumers, in introducing institutional innovations. The thesis mostly studies how gatekeepers are introducing institutional innovations in the way they are making selections. By studying cases on scientific journals and on surf music, the thesis shows how new types of selection processes are introduced by new type of gatekeepers and how selection processes within certain markets change over time.

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PhD candidate
Matthijs Punt MSc
Dissertation
Innovation, institutions and institutional innovation. Studies on diffusion and gatekeeping
PhD supervisor(s)
Professor K. Frenken
Co-supervisor(s)
Dr J. Hoekman
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