Erb Colloquium: Panikos Georgallis
Talk title: Shine on me: Industry coherence, social movement support, and government endorsement of the solar photovoltaic industry
Location: Ross, R2320
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 for a new industry 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, the number of firms in a country moderates the impact of supportive social movement actors on government endorsement of the industry. The research discusses the implications of their findings and the contributions of this study to organization theory, social movement studies, and research on business and the environment.