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Dynamics of Organizational Populations : Density, Legitimation and Competition - Michael T. Hannan

Dynamics of Organizational Populations

Density, Legitimation and Competition

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Published: 2nd January 1992
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Why does the number of organizations of any given kind vary over time? Utilizing a diverse group of organizations including national labor unions, newspapers and newspaper publishers, brewing firms, life insurance companies, and banks, this book seeks to deepen and broaden the understanding of change in organizational populations by examining the dynamics of numbers of organizations in populations. Such an approach involves explaining the sources of growth and decline in the sum of organizations (what the authors call "density") over the histories of populations of organizations. The authors conclude their study by formulating a theory of density-dependent legitimation and competition.

"What makes the book impressive is the systematic and comparative study of long-term histories of organizational populations in term of counts."--Organization Studies "This is a provocative, sometimes delicious, and sometimes puzzling book....It is a lively book that describes a body of sustained empirical work, raises important methodological questions, and, undoubtedly, will stimulate further research."--Academy of Management Review "Hannan and Carroll have written a first-rate piece of work. Their book should be required reading not only for organizational sociologists, but also for those interested more generally in the dynamics of social change."--Contemporary Sociology "Quite an interesting and ambitious project and a valuable contribution to the literature on the social ecology of organizations."--Choice "What makes the book impressive is the systematic and comparative study of long-term histories of organizational populations in term of counts."--Organization Studies "This is a provocative, sometimes delicious, and sometimes puzzling book....It is a lively book that describes a body of sustained empirical work, raises important methodological questions, and, undoubtedly, will stimulate further research."--Academy of Management Review "Hannan and Carroll have written a first-rate piece of work. Their book should be required reading not only for organizational sociologists, but also for those interested more generally in the dynamics of social change."--Contemporary Sociology "Quite an interesting and ambitious project and a valuable contribution to the literature on the social ecology of organizations."--Choice

1: Introduction 2: Theoretical Approach 3: Models and Modeling Strategy 4: Density and Founding Rates 5: Interactions Between Subpopulations 6: Density and Organizational Mortality 7: Complications 8: Population Trajectories 9: Implications for Social Organization Appendix A: Designs of Empirical Studies Appendix B: Methods of Analysis Appendix C: Simulation Program

ISBN: 9780195071917
ISBN-10: 0195071913
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 2nd January 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.05  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.64