Research Seminar, Panikos Georgallis
January 18, 2017 - 14:00
Speaker: Panikos Georgallis
“Shine on me: Industry, ”coherence, social movement support, and government endorsement of the emergent solar photovoltaic industry"
Venue: GREDEG, Sophia-Antipolis - room Picasso
Abstract: In this paper we develop hypotheses that link the size and coherence of a nascent industry category, the strength of social movement actors, and the interaction of these forces with the probability that governments will endorse that nascent category with supportive policy. We argue that governments represent important audiences for organizations, and like other audiences, they are more likely to recognize a group of entrants as representing a new industry category that is worthy of support when these entrants are more similar and coherent, and when they enjoy recognition and support by actors external to the industry. Analyses of the feed-in-tariff policy support scheme in the European solar photovoltaic industry over the period 1990-2012 suggest that policy support is significantly driven by the number of entrants and by the (in)coherence that de alio entrants exhibit, as its probability is reduced when these entrants come from a heterogeneous set of origin industries or from industries that appear inconsistent with solar power. Further, we find that the number of firms in a country moderates the impact of supportive social movement actors on government endorsement of the industry. We discuss the implications of our findings and the contributions of this study to organization theory, social movement studies, and research on business and the environment.
Co-authored with Glen Dowell (Cornell University) and Rodolphe Durand (HEC Paris)