Attributes of Community Champions Volunteering for Leading Institutional Change in a Social Context

  • Amar PatnaikEmail author
Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 26)


With arguments for and against an agency embedded in the same institutional field being in a position to trigger large-scale institutional change endogenously still continuing, discussions on personality variables (related to the institutional entrepreneur or change agent or Community Champion, as this chapter argues to be more apt to use in a social context) have been relegated to the background. What sparks such entrepreneurial activity? Why does only one out of so many actors volunteer to lead such change? Based on literature from the disciplines of institutional change, volunteerism and transformative leadership and based inductively on four cases of successful transformational institutional change by change agents or Community Champions in Odisha, this chapter proposes a framework of nine attributes for voluntary action by these Community Champions. Unlike the variables identified in the literature on institutional change and volunteerism, these attributes are more relevant for a social context. Of particular interest is the attribute level of selflessness, which is strongly linked to altruism.


Institutional change Community champion Voluntary action Attributes Level of selflessness 


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  1. 1.Former Principal Accountant GeneralKolkataIndia

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