Professor in Political Science and Computer and Information Science

David Lazer

The Multiple Institutional Logics of Innovation

Journal Article
Publication date: 
08/2012
Authors: 
David Lazer
Ines Mergel
Curtis Ziniel
Kevin Esterling
Michael Neblo
The Multiple Institutional Logics of Innovation

How do decentralized systems deal with innovation? In particular, how do they aggregate the myriad experiences of their component parts, facilitate diffusion of information, and encourage investments in innovation? This is a classic problem in the study of human institutions. It is also one of the biggest challenges that exists in the governance of decentralized systems: How do institutions shape individual behavior around solving problems and sharing information in a fashion that is reasonably compatible with collective well-being? We use a particular decentralized institution (the U.S. House of Representatives), wrestling with a novel problem (how to utilize the Internet), to explore the implications of three archetypical principles for organizing collective problem solving: market, network, and hierarchy.

Bibliographical Information: 
The Multiple Institutional Logics of Innovation David Lazer, Ines Mergel, Curtis Ziniel, Kevin M. Esterling, Michael A. Neblo International Public Management Journal Vol. 14, Iss. 3, 2011

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