We combine the concepts of legitimacy, institutional (mis)alignments, strategic responses and organizing visions to develop a conceptual framework to analyse the adoption of innovations that span organisational fields. We apply the framework to examine a telehealth innovation connecting a public sector hospital-based eye clinic with private sector optometry practices. We find that while compromise strategies were successful in encouraging adoption within each field, the innovation ultimately failed as fields developed different organising visions which could not be reconciled. The findings suggest that institutional misalignments within and between fields interact to amplify their overall effect on the adoption of hybrid innovations.
Bunduchi, R., Smart, A., Charles, K., McKee, L., & Azuara-Blanco, A. (2015). When innovation fails: An institutional perspective of the (non)adoption of boundary spanning IT innovation. Information and Management, 52(5). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.im.2015.04.001