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Freie Universität Bozen

15 Nov 2019 16:00–17:00

PHD Thesis Defence - SIAVASH FARAHBAKHSH - 31st cycle

Mechanisms of Institutional change & Socioeconomic Complexity

Referent PhD candidate Siavash FARAHBAKHSH

Datum 15 Nov 2019 16:00 - 17:00

Ort Room BZ F6.00 University Club, Universitätsplatz 1 - Piazza Università, 1, 39100 Bozen-Bolzano

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Institutions are rules, norms, and historically patterned behaviors. They are practiced in the setting of complex social systems, where multiple interconnected levels of individual, organization, and field exist. Through the interaction between and within these interconnected levels, institutions change over time.
Despite the existing literature on institutional change, few studies show mechanisms within institutional change processes. Hence, the dynamics of complexity in institutions have remained underexplored. In this thesis, I address this gap over three distinct papers using agent-based simulation and qualitative methods.
In the thesis discussion session, while providing an introduction to my PhD thesis, I will focus on the third paper. This paper focuses on the complex socioeconomic setting of the emerging French private higher education sector. It further develops an agent-based model while calibrating the model with historical data. This paper's findings advance institutional theory by explaining the role of mechanisms such as economic conditions, risk-taking, mimetism, dynamic capability, and internationalization mindset in the process of emerging institutions.