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Organizational dynamics in industrial ecosystems: Insights from organizational theory

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Organizational dynamics in industrial ecosystems: Insights from organizational theory

Howard-Grenville, Jennifer and Paquin, Raymond L (2008) Organizational dynamics in industrial ecosystems: Insights from organizational theory. In: Changing Stocks, Flows and Behaviors in Industrial Ecosystems. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, pp. 122-139. ISBN 978-1847207401

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Abstract

This chapter presents three important and inter-related perspectives in organizational theory - institutional theory, field theory, and social network theory – that together shed light on the organizational dynamics inherent in and critical to the development of industrial ecosystems. Within the social science literature, these theories provide a language and set of conceptual tools for holistically analyzing the formal and informal influences of the broader social environment on a company, its possible actions within this environment, and associated outcomes. Such an understanding also sheds light on the constraints and opportunities that individual decision makers face and enables a better understanding of agents’ behavior, whether that of individuals or organizations, in bringing about the changes that industrial ecology demands.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Book Section
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Howard-Grenville, Jennifer and Paquin, Raymond L
Date:2008
Keywords:industrial symbiosis, industrial ecology, industrial ecosystems, organizational theory, social networks, institutional theory
ID Code:973613
Deposited By:RAYMOND PAQUIN
Deposited On:12 Mar 2012 16:36
Last Modified:12 Mar 2012 16:36
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