Interstitial spaces as garbage cans of field transformation where problems and solutions meet: the case of blockchain and music cross-fertilization

  • Roman Duffner (Ko-Autor*in)
  • Daniel Semper (Ko-Autor*in)
  • Elke Schuessler (Ko-Autor*in)

Aktivität: VortragWissenschaftlicher Vortrag (Science-to-Science)


Research on technology-driven field transformation has acknowledged the role of actors in the theorization and diffusion of the new technology. However, we still understand little about the early phases of new technology adoption and diffusion in organizational fields. Given that technologies are typically exogenous to the focal fields in which they are applied, in this study we focus on interstitial spaces as an arena for translation, theorization, meaning creation and adaptation of technological innovations. Characteristics of the interstitial space – fluid participation, lack of structures and a high level of uncertainty – correspond with an understanding of choice that resembles the garbage can model. Thus, we draw on the main insights of the garbage can model to explore how new technologies spill over from one field to another before the local adaption unfolds. Based on an empirical study of the interstitial space between the blockchain field and the music field, we find, first, that the novel technology is theorized along the process by a variety of changing actors in both fields. Second, we find that spillover effects are not unidirectional. Based on these findings we develop the notion of fermentation processes in interstitial spaces as a basis for technology-driven field transformation.
Zeitraum4 Juli 20196 Juli 2019
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