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Conferences as Venues for the Configuration of Emerging Organizational Fields: The Case of Cochlear Implants


Raghu Garud, Management and Organization, The Pennsylvania State University, 430 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802-3603, USA (


abstract  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.