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Political Dynamics and the Circulation of Power: CEO Succession in U.S. Industrial Corporations, 1960-1990
This paper is based on my doctoral dissertation research at Stanford University. An earlier version appeared in the Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings 1993. I would like to thank myExpand
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Not All Events Are Attended Equally: Toward a Middle-Range Theory of Industry Attention to External Events
This paper builds on prior theory and research on attention and identity to examine whether and how industries publicly attend to external events. Events are critical triggers of institutionalExpand
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Architecture, Attention, and Adaptation in the Multibusiness Firm: General Electric from 1951 to 2001
In this study, we analyze how the organizational architecture of a multi-business firm affects the adaptation of its constituent business units. Using an inductive analysis of GE’s governance systemExpand
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Rise and Fall - or Transformation?: The Evolution of Strategic Planning at the General Electric Company, 1940–2006
We challenge conventional accounts of the rise and fall of strategic planning by examining the history and evolution of strategic planning practices at the General Electric Company (GE) during sixExpand
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An Attention-Based Theory of Strategy Formulation: Linking Micro- and Macroperspectives in Strategy Processes
Macro- and microorganizational perspectives on strategy processes are typically treated as distinct lines of inquiry. This paper proposes an attention-based theory (March & Olsen, 1976; Ocasio, 1997)Expand
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THE STRUCTURAL ELABORATION OF BOARD INDEPENDENCE: EXECUTIVE POWER, INSTITUTIONAL LOGICS, AND THE ADOPTION OF CEO-ONLY BOARD STRUCTURES IN U.S. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
This study builds on structural elaboration theory by developing a model to explain the adoption of board structures that appear to conform to the prevailing institutional logic, but that in factExpand
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How do organizations think
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Cultural adaptation and institutional change: The evolution of vocabularies of corporate governance, 1972–2003
Abstract Drawing on content analysis, text interpretation, and historical analysis, we develop a grounded theory to explain the evolution of vocabularies of corporate governance. The term corporateExpand
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