Institutional Disruption As Process and Strategy


I present a theoretical and conceptual framework for examining the law and politics surrounding the introduction and operation of companies that deploy institutionally disruptive products. These institutionally disruptive companies operate within legal and political systems in which there is a high degree of uncertainty regarding the legality of their product or provision method. Prime examples of recent institutionally disruptive companies include Uber and other transportation network companies. I also present a formal model that examines how these companies respond to legal bans on their operations, seeking to explain why we sometimes observe periods of noncompliance. Some companies adapt, others shape the nature of “the game”.


The Responsive Strategies of Institutionally Disruptive Companies

I applied for dissertation funding and was rejected again, which solidified my decision to become a writer and artist instead. I was already planning on doing that, so it wasn’t necessarily a tragedy.