Complex field-positions and non-imitation: Pioneers, strangers, and insulars in australian fine-wine

  • Grégoire Croidieu Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Charles-Clemens Rüling Grenoble Ecole de Management IREGE, Université Savoie Mont Blanc
  • Bilal Ahmed Jathol Grenoble Ecole de Management IREGE, Université Savoie Mont Blanc
Keywords: Institutional theory, non-imitation, field-position, QCA, wine industry

Abstract

This paper studies how complex field-positions, characterized by combinations of structural and cultural mechanisms, are associated with the non-imitation of dominant field-level practices. Theoretically, the notion of complex field-position complements prior institutional research on fieldpositions and non-imitation, which focuses primarily on structural mechanisms. Our empirical study looks at 62 Australian fine-wines, using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to identify combinations of structural and cultural mechanisms associated with the non-imitation of Penfolds Grange, a role model in the Australian fine-wine field. We find three distinct complex field-positions—pioneers, strangers, and insulars— which occurred at different moments in the history of this field. We build on these findings to discuss the importance of complex field-positions as sources of positional opportunities, and their role in the development and persistence of diversity in organizational fields.

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Published
2017-06-01
How to Cite
Croidieu, G., Rüling, C.-C., & Jathol, B. A. (2017). Complex field-positions and non-imitation: Pioneers, strangers, and insulars in australian fine-wine. M@n@gement, 20(2), 129-165. Retrieved from https://management-aims.com/index.php/mgmt/article/view/3866
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Original Research Articles

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