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Inter-organizational dynamics in organizational fields. Technological development as a source of self-reinforcing inter-organizational mechanisms

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Organizational fields are described as sources of homogeneity and isomorphism (DiMaggio and Powell 1983). But fields are hardly ever collections of homogeneous organizations sharing the same goals and ideas. The issue at hand is how shared understandings and field-wide norms and values can develop in areas that are characterized by high levels of competition, conflicting interests, a changing environment, and a lack of a common, industry-wide coordination.
Interorganizational relations both between different populations in a field (e.g. manufacturers and suppliers or manufacturers and universities) and within a single population (competition for innovativeness between manufacturers) are crucial sources of self-reinforcing dynamics. They can be intended yet also unintended consequences of intentional actions. However, even intended actions can create dynamics which are beyond the control of their creators. Besides the analytical level of the organizational field, other concepts of institutional theory, especially institutionalization, institutional work, framing and theorizing contribute to the description of specific mechanisms and dynamics. They help to describe the interplay between stability and change which lies at the heart of phenomena like organizational fields or innovation paths.

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Meyer, Uli. "Inter-organizational dynamics in organizational fields. Technological development as a source of self-reinforcing inter-organizational mechanisms" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p507086_index.html>

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Meyer, U. , 2011-08-19 "Inter-organizational dynamics in organizational fields. Technological development as a source of self-reinforcing inter-organizational mechanisms" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p507086_index.html

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Abstract: Organizational fields are described as sources of homogeneity and isomorphism (DiMaggio and Powell 1983). But fields are hardly ever collections of homogeneous organizations sharing the same goals and ideas. The issue at hand is how shared understandings and field-wide norms and values can develop in areas that are characterized by high levels of competition, conflicting interests, a changing environment, and a lack of a common, industry-wide coordination.
Interorganizational relations both between different populations in a field (e.g. manufacturers and suppliers or manufacturers and universities) and within a single population (competition for innovativeness between manufacturers) are crucial sources of self-reinforcing dynamics. They can be intended yet also unintended consequences of intentional actions. However, even intended actions can create dynamics which are beyond the control of their creators. Besides the analytical level of the organizational field, other concepts of institutional theory, especially institutionalization, institutional work, framing and theorizing contribute to the description of specific mechanisms and dynamics. They help to describe the interplay between stability and change which lies at the heart of phenomena like organizational fields or innovation paths.


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