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A Resource Dependence Perspective on Low-Power Actors Shaping Their Regulatory Environment: The Case of Honda:

Published on Aug 1, 2017in Organization Studies 3.54
· DOI :10.1177/0170840616670432
Ei Shu1
Estimated H-index: 1
Arie Y. Lewin38
Estimated H-index: 38
(Duke University)
The central focus of this paper is a largely unexplored research domain relating to how low-power for-profit actors can shape their political and regulatory environment and create economic opportunities that affect their survival and growth. The paper builds on and extends the concept of “negotiating the environment” and on how organizations create their environment, with an emphasis on low-power actors. Resource dependence theory (RDT) has been very influential in exploring the many ways in which firms can decrease or overcome resource vulnerabilities in their environment with a focus on high-power actors (large companies, resource-rich companies, industrial associations, and political power of highly endowed companies). However, whether and how low-power actors can shape their political, regulatory, and economic environment was not central to RDT analysis, which is the focus of this paper. The empirical context for this research is the emergence and enactment of automobile emissions standards in Japan f...
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Published on Dec 1, 2015in Administrative Science Quarterly 8.02
Emily Cox Pahnke5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UW: University of Washington),
Riitta Katila16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Stanford University),
Kathleen M. Eisenhardt58
Estimated H-index: 58
(Stanford University)
Drawing on institutional theory, we examine how the institutional logics—taken-for granted norms, structures, and practices—of different types of funding partners influence young firms and their search for innovations. We test our hypotheses in a longitudinal study of a complete population of ventures in the minimally invasive surgical device industry in the U.S., supplemented by interviews with industry informants. We find that types of funding partners vary significantly from one another: they...
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Published on Dec 1, 2014in Strategic Management Journal 5.57
Jeffrey G. York12
Estimated H-index: 12
(CU: University of Colorado Boulder),
Michael J. Lenox26
Estimated H-index: 26
(UVA: University of Virginia)
The influence of institutional factors on firm entry has long interested strategy scholars. However, we have limited understanding of how the sociocultural environment, defined as the unwritten, decentralized �rules of the game,� influences founding rates in emergent industries; we know even less about how these noneconomic factors differentially influence entry by new entrepreneurial (de novo) firms versus diversifying incumbent (de alio) firms. Utilizing a unique dataset on entry in the green ...
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Published on Sep 24, 2014in Academy of Management Journal 7.19
Kerem Gurses2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli),
Pinar Ozcan4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Warw.: University of Warwick)
In their endeavor to establish new products and services, entrepreneurs can face strong resistance from market incumbents whose resources and market position they threaten. This paper looks at the battles between entrepreneurs and market incumbents in a regulated market where various institutional actors (e.g., regulators, courts) have the power to protect the incumbents by hindering the entrepreneurs. Our comparison of one failed and one successful attempt to introduce pay TV in the U.S. reveal...
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Published on Aug 1, 2014in Academy of Management Journal 7.19
Benjamin L. Hallen7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UW: University of Washington),
Riitta Katila16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Stanford University),
Jeff D. Rosenberger3
Estimated H-index: 3
Interorganizational relationships offer many potential benefits, but they also expose firms to dangers, such as misappropriation, which pull partners apart. This tension between collaboration and competition is central to tie formation, especially for young technology firms that have both a high need for resources and high appropriability of their own resources. Prior work has examined legal and timing defenses that enable interorganizational ties by such low-power firms; we focus here on social...
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Published on Jan 1, 2014
Michael A. Witt17
Estimated H-index: 17
Gordon Redding14
Estimated H-index: 14
Much of the existing literature within the "varieties of capitalism" (VOC) and "comparative business systems" fields of research is heavily focused on Europe, Japan, and the Anglo-Saxon nations. As a result, the field has yet to produce a detailed empirical picture of the institutional structures of most Asian nations and to explore to what extent existing theory applies to the Asian context. The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems aims to address this imbalance by exploring the shape and ...
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Published on May 1, 2013in Organization Studies 3.54
Stéphane Guérard5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UZH: University of Zurich),
Christoph Bode14
Estimated H-index: 14
(ETH Zurich),
Robin Gustafsson6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Aalto University)
Based on an in-depth case study investigating the emergence of a normative institution, namely the diesel particulate filter (DPF) as a de facto standard for diesel cars in Germany, this paper develops a dualistic process model of institutional emergence which reflects the fundamental oppositional character of institutional actors involved in a series of framing contests. The proposed model features distinct phases punctuated by turning point mechanisms that shape the process leading to institut...
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Published on Apr 18, 2013
Keren Caspin-Wagner2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Duke University),
Arie Y. Lewin38
Estimated H-index: 38
(Duke University)
+ 1 AuthorsCarine Peeters12
Estimated H-index: 12
(ULB: Université libre de Bruxelles)
We argue that research on interdependence fit is an underexplored variable in strategy and organization research and is the missing variable that differentiates the performance of “built to last” organizations from the rest. Interdependence fit relates to how well activities and processes within the organization or between the organization and its environment mutually reinforce one another. We suggest that the major reason underlying variation in firm performance may be rooted in differences of ...
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Published on Jan 1, 2013in Organizational Research Methods 6.55
Dennis A. Gioia44
Estimated H-index: 44
(PSU: Pennsylvania State University),
Kevin G. Corley30
Estimated H-index: 30
(ASU: Arizona State University),
Aimee L. Hamilton5
Estimated H-index: 5
(DU: University of Denver)
For all its richness and potential for discovery, qualitative research has been critiqued as too often lacking in scholarly rigor. The authors summarize a systematic approach to new concept development and grounded theory articulation that is designed to bring “qualitative rigor” to the conduct and presentation of inductive research.
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Published on May 1, 2012in Organization Studies 3.54
Nils Brunsson25
Estimated H-index: 25
(Uppsala University),
Andreas Rasche23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Warw.: University of Warwick),
David Seidl26
Estimated H-index: 26
(UZH: University of Zurich)
This paper suggests that when the phenomenon of standards and standardization is examined from the perspective of organization studies, three aspects stand out: the standardization of organizations, standardization by organizations and standardization as (a form of) organization. Following a comprehensive overview of existing research in these three areas, we argue that the dynamic aspects of standardization are under-represented in the scholarly discourse. Furthermore, we identify the main type...
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Published on May 1, 2012in Organization Studies 3.54
Gina Dokko7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis),
Amit Nigam9
Estimated H-index: 9
(NYU: New York University),
Lori Rosenkopf20
Estimated H-index: 20
(UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)
A central idea in the theory of technology cycles is that social and political mechanisms are most important during the selection of a dominant design, and that eras of incremental change are socially uninteresting periods in which innovation is driven by technological momentum and elaboration of the dominant design. In this essay, we overturn the ontological assumption that social order is inherently stable, drawing on Anselm Strauss’s concept of negotiated order to analyze the persistence of a...
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Frida Pemer7
Estimated H-index: 7
(HHS: Stockholm School of Economics),
Tale Skjølsvik3
Estimated H-index: 3
(HiOA: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)
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