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Buoyancy on the BayouShrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization$
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Jill Ann Harrison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450747

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450747.001.0001

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Changing Course on Choppy Waters

(p.111) 4 Innovation
Buoyancy on the Bayou

Jill Ann Harrison

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the adaptive innovators and their efforts to preserve both their occupational identities and economic well-being through finding creative solutions to the problems caused by the import crisis. More broadly, it focuses on the process and consequences of changing to adapt. By using the internet to find new and lucrative markets for their high-quality catch, as well as taking advantage of production and shipping technologies, these local actors are not only fighting against global forces, they are using globalization to advance their own agendas. And while this option may not always be available to individuals facing unemployment, the chapter argues that innovative adaptation may be an important form of agency in many organizational settings.

Keywords:   innovative adaptation, adaptive innovators, globalization, import crisis, internet, production technologies, shipping technologies

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