Deinstitutionalization in the context of software exports policymaking in Costa Rica

Brian Nicholson, Sundeep Sahay

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This paper addresses deinstitutionalization from a longitudinal perspective. Drawing on the case of software exports policymaking in Costa Rica, it analyses deinstitutionalization, paying particular attention to formation of dissensus, understood as lack of unanimity on the value of an activity that is sufficient to destabilize institutional norms and activities. The role of cultural and political factors in deinstitutionalization or persistence is considered. Based on the empirical data, a framework for understanding political and cultural dynamics in deinstitutionalization is proposed. © 2009 JIT Palgrave Macmillan All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-342
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Information Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Costa Rica
  • Deinstitutionalization
  • National software export policy


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