How does the law influence organisational behaviour? Following the Neo Institutionalist concept of institutional isomorphism, I view law as a broad cultural framework that not only influences organisations through regulative processes, but also through cognitive and normative mechanisms. Organisations adopt certain structures and practices because the sociolegal environment constructs those structures and practices as proper, responsible, legitimate and natural. I draw on the experiences of biotech start-up founders, managers and scientists in Scotland and Norway to investigate the institutional elements constraining their research activities. I find that these biotech companies operate within a legal trichotomy of coercive, mimetic and normative influences.
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