This paper presents an interorganizational theory that attempts to account for and explain the adoption and implementation of innovative ideas at the community level. A flow model is presented to show how organizational responses to an innovative idea occur. It provides for the identification of a relevant order of organizations whose unilateral responses to the innovation determine whether the idea is adopted and implemented or not. Another model on how organizations couple or come together in support of or opposition to the implementation of an innovative idea is presented. Finally, organizational conditions favorable for adoption of innovations within organizations are discussed.

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