Institutional patterns in the Austrian space sector

Annie Wong, Elco van Burg, Christina Giannopapa

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This paper employs the institutional logics perspective to understand how space policies and regulations influences entrepreneurship and innovation. We conducted interviews with entrepreneurs, ESA policy makers and governmental representatives in Austria and identified six prevailing institutional practices: geographical return, the SME-initiatives, the national support pattern, the size pattern, the consortium pattern and the experience pattern. Together, these patterns make up the semi-governmental logic of the space sector. We find that space actors adhere to these patterns to earn legitimacy, which is a condition for support and access to resources. This study adds to our understanding in the consequences of policies and contributes to the design of new space policies and programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
JournalActa astronautica
Early online date27 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • Austria
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Institutional logics
  • Space

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