Process and emergence in contested terrain

Karen D.W. Patterson, Marvin Washington, David Cavazos, Keith Brigham

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to deal with the issue of market redefinition through an examination of a unique industry that has met with multiple obstacles: online gambling. The main research question is how markets get redefined when quantum technological change occurs, despite the lack of formal support and a highly fragmented industry structure, typical in online industries. Design/methodology/approach: This industry lends itself to the analysis because of the intense competition for reconstruction of the field among state powers, professional associations, and global forces. The paper provides an archival and qualitative overview of the industry and identify the various forces competing for dominance in the market. It examines the competing logics in this industry and identify the sources and implications of such competition for emerging markets. Findings: Both broad and specific contributions of this paper are discussed, namely the important role of professional and interest associations in industries without clear geographical boundaries, as well as the growing role for global moderating agencies. Research limitations/implications: The paper provides a timely example of the ways in which firms organize in the modern business environment. In addition, it discusses the volatile and complex power structure in a global economy. While the research is necessarily processual and does not provide for multiple settings, the extent of legal implications here can be generalized to much smaller differences in global markets. Originality/value: This paper provides support for the idea that, contrary to many concepts of industry acceptance and growth, legitimacy is not a requisite condition for an industry to prosper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-128
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Organizational Analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010


  • Betting
  • Electronic commerce
  • Emerging markets
  • Organizational change


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