The mortality problem of learning and mimetic practice in emerging industries: Dying to be legitimate

  title={The mortality problem of learning and mimetic practice in emerging industries: Dying to be legitimate},
  author={Justin I. Miller},
  journal={Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal},
  • J. I. Miller
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Business
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
This study seeks to disentangle claims of institutional and organizational learning theories and to shed light on the impact of Knightian (environmental) uncertainty in discovery opportunities. This article suggests, and finds empirical support for, the concept that emerging professional service industries retain high levels of causal ambiguity. High uncertainty interferes with institutional theory's claim of mortality reduction through isomorphism, but leads to superstitious learning… 

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