Erin Anderson

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Opportunism is a central construct in exchange theory. Economists contend that despite the firm’s best efforts to erect governance structures that reduce opportunism and preserve outcomes, there is always some opportunism that remains once the transaction is in place. Despite this, there are few studies that systematically investigate the safeguarding(More)
This paper provides a comprehensive review of the empirical literature in transaction cost economics (TCE) across multiple social science disciplines and business fields. We show how TCE has branched out from its economic roots to examine empirical phenomena in several other areas. We find TCE is increasingly being applied not only to business-related(More)
© 2005 PSE National Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. ISSN 0885-3134 / 2005 $9.50 + 0.00. In response to increased competitive pressures, shortening product life cycles, and heightened customer demands, businesses are increasing their ability to effectively adapt and build competitive advantage by going horizontal—by flattening their(More)
The costly signaling theory of religion posits that religious rituals and taboos can promote intragroup cooperation, which is argued to be the primary adaptive benefit of religion. To test this theory, the authors collected historical data on the constraints and ritual requirements that eighty-three 19th-century U.S. communes imposed on their members. All(More)
T research examines the evolution of cooperative interorganizational relationships and provides an empirical test of four propositions from the DSO (Dwyer et al. 1987) life-cycle theory, and one proposition from the RV (Ring and Van de Ven 1994) theory of relationship development. Using primary data from over 1,500 resellers in a channel of distribution, we(More)
This research uses original data from matched pairs of insurers and their independent agents to examine whether it is possible to build committed relationships between insurers and independent agents, how such commitment could be built, and whether any benefits are realized in such relationships. It is shown that mutual commitment can be built by a process(More)
Low income, multi-ethnic communities in Main South/Piedmont neighborhoods of Worcester, Massachusetts are exposed to cumulative, chronic built-environment stressors, and have limited capacity to respond, magnifying their vulnerability to adverse health outcomes. "Neighborhood STRENGTH", our community-based participatory research (CBPR) project, comprised(More)