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Employing identities in organizational ecology


  • James N. Baron


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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  • James N. Baron, 2004. "Employing identities in organizational ecology," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 13(1), pages 3-32, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:13:y:2004:i:1:p:3-32

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