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Iso 9000 And Formalization – How Organizational Contingencies Affect Organizational Responses To Institutional Forces

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  • Nikolaus Beck
  • Peter Walgenbach

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We investigate the adoption of ISO 9000 standards by the German mechanical engineering industry and analyze how organizational contingencies affect susceptibility to institutional forces. Our study’s findings show that differences in organizational size, proportion of administrative staff, and type of production technology lead to variations in the probability of adopting ISO 9000 standards. Moreover, our findings show that despite the modern anti-bureaucratic management ideology, there has been a remarkable increase in the degree of formalization.

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  • Nikolaus Beck & Peter Walgenbach, 2003. "Iso 9000 And Formalization – How Organizational Contingencies Affect Organizational Responses To Institutional Forces," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 55(4), pages 293-320, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:55:y:2003:i:4:293-320
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    Keywords

    Formalization; Institutional Theory; ISO 9000.;

    JEL classification:

    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • L61 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Metals and Metal Products; Cement; Glass; Ceramics
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • P11 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
    • P21 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform

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