Organizational Ecology and Structural Analysis

Barron, David (2002) Organizational Ecology and Structural Analysis. In: Lazega, E and Favereau, O, (eds.) Conventions and Structures in Economic Organization: Markets, Networks and Hierarchies. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978-1840645101

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For individual actors involved in economic activities (i.e. production, exchanges), conventions and structures represent two different types of opportunity or constraint. Conventions refer to values, rules and representations that influence economic behaviour. Structures refer to patterns of resource interdependencies existing among members of any social system. This book contributes to the current rapprochement between economics and sociology. It examines the fact that individuals use rules and interdependencies to forward their own interests, while living in social environments where everyone does the same. The authors argue that to construct durable organizations and viable markets, they need to be able to handle both. However, thus far, economists and sociologists have not been able to reconcile the relationship between these two types of constraints on economic activity. Conventions and Structures in Economic Organization seeks to bridge this gap and will appeal to students and scholars in both economics and sociology, offering them new ideas about how they can co-operate in unsuspected ways and combine their interdisciplinary efforts.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: organizational theory
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 15:22
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 14:44

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