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Forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal We are indebted to the many people who have contributed to this project. Alfred Marcus and the three anonymous reviewers provided extremely insightful, detailed, and helpful comments. Myles Shaver and Jennifer Nash generously provided their expertise and creativity. Jennifer Howard and John Ehrenfeld also(More)
Theories of absorptive capacity propose that knowledge gained from prior experience facilitates the identification, selection, and implementation of related profitable practices. Researchers have investigated how managers may develop absorptive capacity by building internal knowledge stocks, but few have focused on the distribution of this knowledge within(More)
This article theorizes and empirically tests the conditions under which organizations' symbolic commitments to self-regulate are particularly likely to result in improved compliance practices and outcomes. We argue that the legal environment, particularly as it is constructed by the enforcement activities of regulators, significantly influences the(More)
Theory suggests that certification with a management standard may reduce information asymmetries in supply chains and thereby generate a competitive advantage for certified firms. This article uses an 11-year panel of U.S. manufacturing facilities to test whether certification with the ISO 9000 Quality Management Standard generates a competitive advantage.(More)
Working papers are in draft form. This working paper is distributed for purposes of comment and discussion only. It may not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder. Copies of working papers are available from the author. The challenges associated with climate change will require governments, citizens, and firms to work collaboratively to(More)
Working papers are in draft form. This working paper is distributed for purposes of comment and discussion only. It may not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder. Copies of working papers are available from the author. Administrative agencies are increasingly establishing voluntary self-reporting programs both as an investigative tool and(More)
Working papers are in draft form. This working paper is distributed for purposes of comment and discussion only. It may not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder. Copies of working papers are available from the author. Abstract: Technological advancement and innovation requires the integration of both external knowledge and internal(More)