Quotation Duffner, Roman, Semper, Daniel, Schuessler, Elke. 2019. Interstitial spaces as garbage cans of field transformation where problems and solutions meet. OLKC, Brighton, United Kingdom, 24.04.-26.04.




Research on technology driven field transformation has acknowledged the role of actors in the theorization and diffusion of the new technology. However, a scarce understanding still prevails in respect to the early phase of technological innovations, before lead actors, institutional entrepreneurs crystallize. We seek to uncover the fermentation process that leads to the decision to import a technology bearing potential solutions to problems from a distant field. Given that technologies are typically exogenous to the focal fields in which they are applied, we consider the interstitial space as the arena for translation, theorization, meaning creation and adaptation. Characteristics of the interstitial space – fluid participation, lack of structures and a high level of uncertainty – correspond with an understanding of choice that resembles the garbage can model. Thus, we draw on the main insights of the garbage can model to explore how new technologies spill over from one field to another, before the local adaption unfolds. Our study of the interstitial space between the blockchain field and the music field shows, first, that novel technology is theorized along the process by a variety of actors. Second, we find that spillover effects are not unidirectional. Rather, the fermentation process in the interstitial space involves a mutual fertilization. The study therefore contributes to a deeper understanding of technology driven field transformation processes.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Interstitial spaces as garbage cans of field transformation where problems and solutions meet
Event OLKC
Year 2019
Date 24.04.-26.04.
Country United Kingdom
Location Brighton


Semper, Daniel (Details)
Duffner, Roman (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
Schuessler, Elke (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
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