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Institutional Work, Management and Legal Categories – IMpACT

Institutional Work, Management and Legal Categories (IMpACT)

As a contribution to the societal challenges of adaptive societies and industrial renewal, this project examines the processes through which business actors contribute to the dynamics of generating and (de)legitimating new legal categories.

The emergence of new legal categories

We aim to advance the rapidly developing international research frontier on category emergence through the study of institutional work, notably material and visual means of legitimation. We will also contribute to the disciplinary interface between management and corporate law. As for practice impact, we seek to develop actionable knowledge that can enhance the ability of corporate and public actors to manage societal expectations related to sustainability.

We conduct empirical case studies on the generation of three emergent categories: hybrid partnerships, multi-purposes corporations, and excessive speculation. Data is collected in France, at the European level, and in the United States. Data sources include mainly interviews, participant observations, archival data, and other secondary sources. We analyse data qualitatively inside each case as well as across case studies.

In development

In development

In development

As a contribution to the societal challenges of adaptive societies and industrial renewal, this project examines the processes through which business actors contribute to the dynamics of generating and (de)legitimating new legal categories. Empirically we look at the legal integration of sustainability (i.e., the collective belief and expectation that companies should pursue other societal purposes in addition to profit generation) within several industries, notably new energies and finance. We target three emergent categories that are related to sustainability and that are currently objects of heated debate and controversy: 1/ “multi-purposes corporation”, which refers to companies whose mission and activities are adapted to not only creating profit for shareholders but also to pursuing sustainable purposes, 2/ a new organizational form that expresses itself as a kind of “hybrid partnership” between multiple private and public actors who collectively pursue a shared organizational objective while remaining distinct organizations, and 3/ the notion of “excessive speculation” as a category that may have some legal consequences for business actors in the financial industry to the extent that it limits the amount and/ or the risk associated with certain types of financial transactions. We will conduct empirical case studies on the generation of these three categories in France, at the European level, and in the United States. Data sources include mainly interviews, participant observations, archival data, and other secondary sources.

In terms of academic impact, we aim to advance the rapidly developing international research frontier on category emergence through the study of institutional work, notably material and visual means of legitimation. We will also contribute to the disciplinary interface between management and corporate law. As for practice impact, we seek to develop actionable knowledge that can enhance the ability of corporate and public actors to manage societal expectations related to sustainability.

Project coordination

Eva BOXENBAUM (ARMINES Centre de Gestion Scientifique de Mines ParisTech)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.

Partner

ARMINES (CGS) ARMINES Centre de Gestion Scientifique de Mines ParisTech
DRM Dauphine Recherches en management
TOTAL TOTAL Energies Nouvelles

Help of the ANR 397,878 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: September 2014 - 36 Months

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