An Empirical Assessment of the Influence of March and Simon's Organizations: The Realized Contribution and Unfulfilled Promise of a Masterpiece

  title={An Empirical Assessment of the Influence of March and Simon's Organizations: The Realized Contribution and Unfulfilled Promise of a Masterpiece},
  author={Marc H. Anderson and Russell Lemken},
  journal={ORG: Other Emerging Research within Organizational Behavior (Topic)},
March and Simon’s Organizations is a seminal work in management studies. We assess the contribution Organizations has made to management studies through a citation context analysis of 1,400 articles from top management journals. By categorizing the content from Organizations cited in subsequent works, we find that two related categories associated with cognitive limits and routines or programs account for half (50.5%) of all citation contexts since 1990. We also investigate whether… 
Tracing the influence of James March’s most cited works: an empirical approach using historical analysis of co-citation contexts
Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine the historical continuity of James March’s contributions to management scholarship by tracing the co-citations that appear within the textual contexts
The Challenges of March and Simon's Organizations: Introduction to the Special Issue
March and Simon pushed the study of organizations into the mainstream of academic writing about business. We outline central ideas discussed by the book and its pioneering role in studying cognitive
ANTi-History of the functionalist paradigm in organization theory: using the lens of March and Simon’s Organizations
Purpose This paper aims to examine the role of James March and his actor-network in the development of a functionalist paradigm of organization theory (OT). Recognizing the important contribution of
The human resource architecture model: A twenty-year review and future research directions
A framework along two dimensions is developed based on which to systematically discuss the current findings in terms of the theoretical application, empirical validation, and extension and critiques of the HR architecture model.
Citation Context Analysis as a Method for Conducting Rigorous and Impactful Literature Reviews
Citation context analysis is a detailed and rigorous form of literature review that goes beyond traditional narrative and systematic reviews to better understand the impact of seminal works and inf...
Many companies have created corporate incubators to deal with the increasing pace of innovation and to foster innovation activities beyond their current business. Since these corporate incubators d...
Diversity in citations to a single study: A citation context network analysis of how evidence from a prospective cohort study was cited
  • R. Leng
  • Medicine
    Quantitative Science Studies
  • 2021
By citation context and network analysis of 343 citing papers, it is shown how Paul et al. was cited in the 20 years after its publication, raising questions about the value of inferring impact from citation counts alone and problems for studies using such counts to measure citation bias.


What have scholars retrieved from Walsh and Ungson (1991)? A citation context study
Organizational memory is fundamentally important to organizational learning. The seminal work on organizational memory is Walsh and Ungson’s article published in the Academy of Management Review in
How can we investigate citation behavior?: a study of reasons for citing literature in communication
Authors' motivations for citing documents are addressed through a literature review and an empirical study. Replicating an investigation in psychology, the works of two highly‐cited authors in the
How can we investigate citation behavior? A study of reasons for citing literature in communication
Three types of judgments about cited works were found to best predict citation: that the work was novel, well-known, and a concept-marker; that citing it might promote the authority of one’s own work; and that it deserved criticism.
Using Knowledge in Management Studies
We know little about the impact of prior scholarly work. Focusing on citation frequency, studies have overlooked the question of how prior work is used. The authors argue for the development of a
A revealed preference study of management journals' direct influences
Our study develops and uses a new methodology for analyzing journal citations to recent publications to determine which management journals now have the greatest influence on the field of management.
A Meta-Analytic Review of the Relationship between Size and Performance: The Productivity and Efficiency of Organizations and Their Subunits.
The authors thank Lawrence W. Foster for his collaboration and Michael K. Moch for his comments on earlier drafts of this paper. We also thank the Associate Editor and ASQ reviewers for their helpful
The Social Construction of Organizational Knowledge: A Study of the Uses of Coercive, Mimetic, and Normative Isomorphism
Arguing that knowledge in the social sciences is socially constructed through the selective interpretation of major works, we examine the fate of a classic article in organizational theory, DiMaggio
What do citation counts measure? A review of studies on citing behavior
The general tendency of the results of the empirical studies makes it clear that citing behavior is not motivated solely by the wish to acknowledge intellectual and cognitive influences of colleague scientists, since the individual studies reveal also other, in part non‐scientific, factors that play a part in the decision to cite.
Pseudotheory proliferation is damaging the organizational sciences
Summary In recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis on the role of theory in organizational behavior (OB) research. Authors are strongly encouraged to develop “theory” in their