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Enhancing industry association theory: a comparative business history contribution

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Abstract


  • Our comparative business historical examination of industry associations aims to

    enrich the under-theorized study of this distinctive type of meta-organization. We compare

    two New Zealand industry associations operating in the same supply chain but with differing

    degrees of associative capacity and types of external architecture. Our analysis of these

    associations builds on two strands of theory that rarely communicate with each other: New

    Institutional Economics (NIE) and Organizational–Institutional Theory (OIT). We

    demonstrate how NIE describes the structural potentialities for associational strength, while

    OIT addresses the relational context within associations. In turn, NIE’s examination of

    external influences reinforces OIT suggestions that associations which are rich in social capital

    can become developmental in orientation. Our historical analysis supplies fresh theoretical

    insights into industry associations, thereby addressing conceptual issues of interest to

    management scholars who study bridging-type organizations. On this basis, we argue that

    business history and organization studies complement each other.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Reveley, J. & Ville, S. (2010). Enhancing industry association theory: a comparative business history contribution. Journal of Management Studies, 47 (5), 837-858.

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  • 2-s2.0-77954003173

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1818&context=commpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/772

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Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 837

End Page


  • 858

Volume


  • 47

Issue


  • 5

Abstract


  • Our comparative business historical examination of industry associations aims to

    enrich the under-theorized study of this distinctive type of meta-organization. We compare

    two New Zealand industry associations operating in the same supply chain but with differing

    degrees of associative capacity and types of external architecture. Our analysis of these

    associations builds on two strands of theory that rarely communicate with each other: New

    Institutional Economics (NIE) and Organizational–Institutional Theory (OIT). We

    demonstrate how NIE describes the structural potentialities for associational strength, while

    OIT addresses the relational context within associations. In turn, NIE’s examination of

    external influences reinforces OIT suggestions that associations which are rich in social capital

    can become developmental in orientation. Our historical analysis supplies fresh theoretical

    insights into industry associations, thereby addressing conceptual issues of interest to

    management scholars who study bridging-type organizations. On this basis, we argue that

    business history and organization studies complement each other.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Reveley, J. & Ville, S. (2010). Enhancing industry association theory: a comparative business history contribution. Journal of Management Studies, 47 (5), 837-858.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77954003173

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1818&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/772

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 837

End Page


  • 858

Volume


  • 47

Issue


  • 5