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Resource Dependence Theory – How Well Does It Explain Behavior of Organizations?

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  • Werner Nienhueser

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    (University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute of Human Resource Management, Department of Business Administration, Economics, Business Computing and Informatics)

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    This article evaluates to what extent Resource Dependence Theory (RDT) is able to explain organizational processes and structures. The evaluation criteria are the empirical corroboration of the theory, its information content and generality, but also how realistic the assumptions of the RDT are. The evaluation shows that the theory is empirically well confirmed. On the whole, Resource Dependence Theory significantly contributes to explaining behavior, structure, stability, and change of organizations.

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Management Revue - The international Review of Management Studies.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1+2 ()
    Pages: 9-32

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:doi_10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2008_1+2_nienhueser

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    Keywords: Resource Dependence Theory; power; behavior of organizations;

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