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Structural Inertia and Organizational Change
Considers structural inertia in organizational populations as an outcome of an ecological-evolutionary process. Structural inertia is considered to be a consequence of selection as opposed to aExpand
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The Population Ecology of Organizations
A population ecology perspective on organization-environment relations is proposed as an alternative to the dominant adaptation perspective. The strength of inertial pressures on organizationalExpand
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The Demography of Corporations and Industries
Most analysts of corporations and industries adopt the focal perspective of a single prototypical organization. Many analysts also study corporations primarily in terms of their internalExpand
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Logics of Organization Theory: Audiences, Codes, and Ecologies
Building theories of organizations is challenging: theories are partial and "folk" categories are fuzzy. The commonly used tools--first-order logic and its foundational set theory--are ill-suited forExpand
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The Liability of Newness: Age Dependence in Organizational Death Rates
Schwartz, Richard D. and James C. Miller 1964 "Legal evolution and societal complexity." American Journal of Sociology 70:159-69. Sheleff, Leon Shaskolsky 1975 "From restitutive law to repressiveExpand
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A Time to Grow and a Time to Die: Growth and Mortality of Credit Unions in New York City, 1914-1990
One vision of organizational evolution suggests that old and large organizations become increasingly dominant over their environment. A second suggests that as organizations age they become less ableExpand
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Multiple Category Memberships in Markets: An Integrative Theory and Two Empirical Tests
This article examines the effects of market specialization on economic and social outcomes. Integrating two perspectives, we explore why products that span multiple categories suffer social andExpand
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Rethinking Age Dependence in Organizational Mortality: Logical Fromalizations1
  • M. Hannan
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 July 1998
This article explores the use of logical formalization to clarify an area of research characterized by conflicting claims and divergent empirical findings. The substantive focus concerns the relationExpand
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Social Dynamics: Models and Methods
This book attempts to provide a broad framework for thinking about and conducting quantitative empirical studies of social change processes. The goals of this book are 1) to clarify and developExpand
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Networks, Knowledge, and Niches: Competition in the Worldwide Semiconductor Industry, 1984-1991
The authors develop a conceptions of an organization-specific niche in a technological network. This niche is defined by two properties: crowding and status. The authors hypothesize that crowdingExpand
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