Institutional Logics of Digital Innovation

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Projektart und Laufzeit

Dissertation, Februar 2013 bis Juni 2017 (abgeschlossen)


Hilti Lehrstuhl für Business Process Management




Process Management


Innovating with digital technologies is an imperative for virtually all organizations. Today, diverse actors use digital technologies to drive innovations, ranging from engineers, designers, and customer facing units, far extending the scope of the IT function which used to lead digital efforts. The view of digital innovation is often less about the characteristics of the technology itself and more about how organizational actors make sense of digital innovations in a particular context. Consequently, organizational actors make sense of digital innovation in different ways and act in accordance with distinct standards of appropriate innovation behavior.

To date, there is little research on how actors external to the IT function innovate with digital technologies. Thus, the PhD project aims to find out how diverse organizational actors draw on various institutional logics and how far they recognize affordances of digital technologies differently. Here, institutional logics refer to the goals, values, and prescriptions associated with a specifc institution. For example, a profession is an institution (social structure) that persists over time and is anchored in specific cultural perspectives and discursive domains (i.e. vocabularies). Drawing on these concepts we seek to characterize how different professionals innovate with digital technologies.


Digitale Innovation, Digitale Technologien, organizational innovation, institutional logics, Affordanz