The authors of this fascinating and original work contend that by analysing the conduct of organization members, a great deal can be learnt about firm behaviour and about the cooperative and competitive forces that underlie industry evolution.
The empirical chapters in this volume are preceded by a conceptual overview of macro-organizational theories that explicitly bring in the role of individual actions. A rich set of studies carried out in the Dutch accounting sector is used to illustrate that changes in competitive positioning and behaviour are triggered by employee actions including advancement and defection to competitors. New insights on entrepreneurship, mergers and acquisitions and organizational dissolution further develop the multi-level focus of the set of studies presented here.
The book aims at stimulating intellectual debate on the role of migration of human and social capital through inter-firm mobility and will provide a fascinating read for academics, researchers, students and practitioners with an interest in organizational theory, strategic management and human resource management.
Johannes M. Pennings, Marie and Joseph Melone Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands and Filippo Carlo Wezel, Professor of Organization Theory, Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Contents: Preface Part I: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations 1. The Role of Individual Conduct in Macro-organizational Theory 2. Partnership as a Major Type of Organization Form Part II: The Intangible Asset of Human-Intensive Organizations 3. Social Capital of Organizations: Conceptualization, Level of Analysis and Performance Implications 4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Firm Dissolution 5. Mimicry and the Market: Adoption of a New Organizational Form 6. Mergers and Acquisitions: Strategic and Organizational Fit Part III: The Role of Individual Mobility for Organizational Behavior and Performance 7. Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity in Founding Patterns 8. Heterogeneity Shifts Due to Member Mobility: New Insights on Demographic Diversity and Organizational Survival 9. Competitive Consequences of Routine Spillovers Due to Inter-firm Mobility 10. In Conclusion: Micro Behaviors as Inducements for Firm and Sector Evolution References Index