Technology Commercialization Centre

Call for Papers


Call for Papers for a Special Issue on

Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship 


Joep Cornelissen, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University 

Nina Granqvist, Aalto University 

Stine Grodal, Questrom School of Business, Boston University 

Michael Lounsbury, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta 


Deadline: October 15, 2017 


While the study of innovation and entrepreneurship is a diverse, multi-disciplinary endeavor, the role of culture is often neglected or under-emphasized (Lounsbury & Glynn, 2001). However, building on the cultural turn across the social sciences and humanities (Weber & Dacin, 2011; Friedland & Mohr, 2004), there has been a recent flowering of conversations on how culture shapes innovation and entrepreneurship. This work has drawn on various cultural theories and concepts including boundaries, logics, schemas, scripts, and values (e.g., Gehman, Treviño & Garud, 2013; Perkmann & Spicer, 2014; Thornton et. al., 2012; Zietsma & Lawrence, 2010), narratives, vocabularies, discourse and framing (e.g., Bartel & Garud, 2009; Cornelissen & Werner, 2014; Dalpiaz, Tracey & Phillips, 2014; Grodal & Granqvist, 2014; Kahl & Grodal, 2016; Zilber, 2007), identity, categories, and practices (e.g., Durand, Granqvist & Tyllström, 2017; Lounsbury & Crumley, 2007; Navis & Glynn, 2010; Kennedy & Fiss, 2013). While these recent advances are encouraging, the work has been scattered and these various contributions are yet to be synthesized into a more coherent and cumulative research program.  

In this Special Issue of Innovation: Organization & Management, we therefore aim to further advance this agenda and to this end seek empirical and theoretical papers that highlight how culture shapes innovative and entrepreneurial processes within and across organizations. In particular, we seek to draw on recent advances in cultural analysis and theory to begin to cultivate a more coherent conversation around culture, innovation and entrepreneurship. Instead of conceptualizing culture as an external constraint, contemporary cultural approaches share an emphasis on understanding how organizations draw upon and employ cultural materials in more pragmatic and strategic ways (Rindova, Dalpiaz & Ravasi, 2011). Research further explores how cultural elements are produced and taken into use in various situations (Garud, Schildt & Lant, 2014; Granqvist, Grodal & Woolley, 2013). Previous studies often draw on the notion of culture as an existing “toolkit” (Swidler, 1986), but also make use of practice theory (Bourdieu, 1984), communicative theories of institutions (Cornelissen et. al., 2015), and other strands of cultural analysis that endogenize various forces “as themselves culturally constructed” (Weber & Dacin, 2011: 287). While there remain important differences across contemporary approaches to culture and action (Giorgi, Lockwood & Glynn, 2015), we seek to encourage a focus on how the complementarities across different approaches might enable a more synthetic as well as deeper dialogue on cultural dynamics (Lizardo & Strand, 2010), especially in regard to the study of innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Our basic premise is that contemporary approaches to culture, that emphasize both its constitutive nature and how it is used as a resource in action, have the potential to shed new light on our understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship. In fact, it is difficult to contemplate how an adequate explanation of innovative and entrepreneurial processes could be proffered without due attention to the role of culture. Thus, we welcome theoretical and empirical submissions that focus on the cultural dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in the context of organizations and organizing. 

We are interested in questions such as: 

  • How does culture shape or influence the creation of new entrepreneurial organizations? 
  • How are cultural resources (e.g., frames, labels, categories, stories, discourses, practices etc.) cultivated and used to facilitate innovation in and across organizations? 
  • How are cultural resources strategically deployed to enable the legitimacy of new organizations or organizational fields?
  • How does culture shape the evaluation and valuation of innovative and entrepreneurial organizations?
  • How is our understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship culturally constituted? And how does such a view differ from, yet potentially intersect with, traditional economic and psychological perspectives on these subjects?
  • How does culture affect the way in which stakeholders and audiences judge and evaluate new and incumbent organizations across various market settings and industries? 




Please read the journal’s submission guidelines and prepare your manuscript accordingly. Submit your article by using IOM’s ScholarOne submission system. When asked whether your submission is a candidate for a special issue, please choose the special issue on “Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”. Your submission will be considered by the special issue editors who will send it out for peer review in line with the general practice of the journal. Please submit your manuscript by 15th of October 2017. 




Bartel, S., & Garud, R. (2009). The Role of Narratives in Sustaining Organizational Innovation. Organization Science, 20(1), 107-117.

Cornelissen, J., Durand, R., Fiss, P.C., Lammers, J.C. & Vaara, E. (2015). Putting communication front and center in institutional theory and analysis. Academy of Management Review, 40, 1, 10-27. 

Cornelissen, J., Haslam, A., & Balmer, J. (2007). Social identity, organizational identity, and corporate identity: Toward an integrated understanding of processes, patterning’s, and products. British Journal of Management, 18, S1-S16. 

Cornelissen, J., & Werner, M. (2014). Putting framing in perspective: A review of framing and frame analysis across the management and organizational literature. Academy of Management Annals, 8, 181-235.   

Dalpiaz, E., Tracey, P., & Phillips, N. (2014). Succession Narratives in Family Business: The Case of Alessi. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 38, 1375-1394. 

Durand, R., Granqvist, N., & Tyllström, A. (2017). From Categories to Categorization: Studies in Sociology, Organizations and Strategy at the Crossroads. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 51

Friedland, R., & Mohr, J. (2004). Matters of Culture: Cultural Sociology in Practice. Cambridge University Press

Garud, R., Schildt, H.A., & Lant, T.K. (2014). Entrepreneurial Storytelling, Future Expectations, and the Paradox of Legitimacy. Organization Science, 25(5), 1479-1492. 

Gehman, J., Treviño, L., & Garud, R. (2013). Values work: A process study of the emergence and performance of organizational values practices. Academy of Management Journal, 56, 84-112. 

Giorgi, S., Lockwood, C., & Glynn, M. (2015). The Many Faces of Culture: Making Sense of 30 Years of Research on Culture in Organization Studies. Academy of Management Annals, 9, 1-54. 

Granqvist, N., Grodal, S., & Woolley, J.L. (2013). Hedging Your Bets: Explaining Executives' Market Labeling Strategies in Nanotechnology. Organization Science, 24(2), 395-413. 

Grodal, S., & Granqvist, N. (2014). Great Expectations: Discourse and Affect During Field Emergence. Emotions and the Organizational Fabric Research on Emotion in Organizations, 139-166. 

Kahl, S.J., & Grodal, S. (2016). Discursive strategies and radical technological change: Multilevel discourse analysis of the early computer (1947–1958). Strategic Management Journal, 37, 149-166. 

Kennedy, M.T., & Fiss, P. (2013). An Ontological Turn in Categories Research: From Standards of Legitimacy to Evidence of Actuality. Journal of Management Studies, 50, 1138-1154. 

Lizardo, O., & Strand, M. (2010). Skills, toolkits, contexts and institutions: Clarifying the relationship between different approaches to cognition in cultural sociology. Poetics, 38, 204-227. 

Lounsbury, M., & Crumley, E.T. (2007). New Practice Creation: An Institutional Approach to Innovation. Organization Studies, 28, 993-1012. 

Lounsbury, M., & Glynn, M.A. (2010). Cultural Entrepreneurship: Stories, Legitimacy and the Acquisition of Resources. Strategic Management Journal, 22, 545-564. 

Navis, C., & Glynn, M.A. (2010). How new market categories emerge: Temporal dynamics of legitimation and identity in satellite radio, 1990-2005. Administrative Science Quarterly, 55(3), 439-471. 

Perkmann, M., & Spicer, A. (2014). How emerging organizations take form: The role of imprinting and values in organizational bricolage. Organization Science, (25), 1785-1806. 

Rindova, V., Dalpiaz, E., & Ravasi, D. (2011). A Cultural Quest: A Study of Organizational Use of New Cultural Resources in Strategy Formation. Organization Science, 22, 413-431. 

Swidler, A. (1986). Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies. American Sociological Review, 51, 273-286. 

Thornton, P., Ocasio, W., & Lounsbury, M. (2012). The Institutional Logics Perspective: A New Approach to Culture, Structure and Process. Oxford University Press. 

Klaus, W., & Dacin,T.M. (2011). The Cultural Construction of Organizational Life. Organization Science, 22, 286-298. 

Weber, K., Heinz, K., & DeSoucey, M. (2008). Forage for thought: Mobilizing codes for grass-fed meat and dairy products. Administrative Science Quarterly, 53, 529-567. 

Zietsma, C., & Lawrence, T. (2010). Institutional work and the transformation of an organizational field: Exploring the interplay between boundary work and practice work. Administrative Science Quarterly, 55, 189-221. 

Zilber, T. (2007). Stories and the discursive dynamics of institutional entrepreneurship: The case of Israeli high-tech after the bubble. Organization Studies, 28, 1035-1054. 


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