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Employing identities in organizational ecology


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  • James N. Baron
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    This paper argues for greater attention to employment-based organizational identities in ecological theory and research. I define and explore three dimensions of particular relevance to labor market identities: sharpness/resonance, focus and authenticity. The paper offers some speculations regarding: (i) when labor market identities are most decisive for organizations; (ii) how product market and labor market identities interact; (iii) how employment-based organizational identities might be operationalized; and (iv) how greater attention to such identities would illuminate key issues in organizational ecology. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 3-32

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:13:y:2004:i:1:p:3-32

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    1. Jennings, Jennifer E. & Jennings, P. Devereaux & Greenwood, Royston, 2009. "Novelty and new firm performance: The case of employment systems in knowledge-intensive service organizations," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 24(4), pages 338-359, July.
    2. Carroll, Glenn R. & Wheaton, Dennis Ray, 2008. "The Organizational Construction of Authenticity: An Examination of Contemporary Food and Dining in the U.S," Research Papers, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business 1995, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
    3. Hsu, Greta & Hannan, Michael T. & Kocak, Ozgecan, 2007. "A Formal Theory of Multiple Category Memberships and Two Empirical Tests," Research Papers, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business 1968r, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
    4. Ricardo Mamede, 2009. "Toward an integrated approach to industry dynamics and labor mobility," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, vol. 18(1), pages 139-163, February.


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