Conferences as venues for the configuration of emerging organizational fields: The case of cochlear implants

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I examine how conferences can be occasions for the configuration of emerging organizational fields by describing three that I attended during the development and commercialization of cochlear implants. These conferences served as venues for a variety of activities to unfold, ranging from the exchange of information to the enactment of technological possibilities. A full appreciation of conferences as holistic events, I argue, offers us a particularly valuable entry point into gaining a deeper understanding of how new fields are assembled in real time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1061-1088
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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