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Collective Identity Formation in a New Technical Field: The Case of Grid Computing

Erica Coslor, Taylor Clancy Spears, Zack Kertcher, Erica Coslor (ed.)

Academy of Management Proceedings | Academy of Management | Published : 2019

Abstract

How can diverse organizational participants in emerging fields coalesce around a collective identity when they are embedded in different cultures, traditions, and institutional logics? Specifically, what factors can enhance the emergence of a collective identity within a nascent field and what issues can cause such an identity to break down? This paper examines these questions using the case of Grid computing, a field that developed the technological precursor of today’s disruptive Cloud Computing technology. Drawing on field work conducted at the Open Grid Forum – a major voluntary standards institution within the Grid field – as well as interviews, historical documents, and participation i..

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