Recent research has pointed to the challenge facing recurrent field-configuring events (FCEs)
in trying to remain dominant in their fields over sustained periods. Based on a revelatory historical case study
of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the leading FCE in its field, this paper explores how a fieldconfiguring
role can be maintained over time. We focus specifically on the FCE organization, and highlight the
importance of critical transitions, relatively short periods of time when fundamental changes were made to its
formal and informal governance rules, which redefined the event’s identity and scope, and thus ensured it
remained the dominant event for field participants. In terms of the organizational dynamics facilitating critical
transitions, we emphasize the importance of conflict as a driver of change, as well as the particular role of local
stakeholders in renewing FCEs that are organized recurrently in the same location.
LECA, B. et RÜLING, C.C. (2015). Animated Times: Critical Transitions and the Maintenance of Field- Configuring Events. Industry and Innovation, 22(3), pp. 173-192.