Login | Register

Drawing Boundaries around Airlines and Multipartner Alliances: Institutional Spectatorship and the Evolution of MPA-Related Collaboration within the Global Airline Industry

Title:

Drawing Boundaries around Airlines and Multipartner Alliances: Institutional Spectatorship and the Evolution of MPA-Related Collaboration within the Global Airline Industry

Ship, Sean (2013) Drawing Boundaries around Airlines and Multipartner Alliances: Institutional Spectatorship and the Evolution of MPA-Related Collaboration within the Global Airline Industry. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

[img]
Preview
Text (application/pdf)
Sean_Ship_-_9226214_-_MSc_Thesis_-_Spectrum_Ready.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Spectrum Terms of Access.
1MB

Abstract

Based on an in-depth analysis of the formation and evolution of multipartner alliances (MPAs) within the global airline industry between 1997 and 2009, I examine the role and usage of stories as meta-linguistic tools for studying changes in the way that airline and MPA collaboration was constructed within the field. The news media, in their roles as spectators and authors were engaged in the construction of shared stories, which in being tracked over time, revealed how social structures change in conjunction with the boundaries drawn around MPAs and their members. These shared stories illustrated 1) at the micro-level of analysis various periods of differentiation between entering and exiting airlines; 2) at the meso-level of analysis the processes through which MPAs developed legitimacy, via the validation of inter-MPA competition and the constitution of the MPA as an organizational form; and 3) at the macro-level of analysis the shift in institutional logics which served to frame the meaning embedded in discursive resources used to shape and reshape collaboration within the field. Collectively, this study helps outline the institutionalization of meaning related to collaboration between airline and MPAs, and the competition generated between MPAs within the field and the industry.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ship, Sean
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Administration (Management option)
Date:12 September 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lamertz, Kai
Keywords:Institutional spectatorship, organizational forms, stories, institutional agency, structuration, multipatner alliance dynamics, global airline industry
ID Code:977724
Deposited By: SEAN SHIP
Deposited On:26 Nov 2013 15:42
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:45

References:

Abbott, A. (1995). Things of boundaries. Social Research , 62 (4): 857-882.
Albers, S. (2010). Configurations of alliance governance systems . Schmalenbach Business Review , 62 (3): 204-233.
Alvesson, M., & Karreman, D. (2007). Unraveling HRM: Identity, ceremony, and control in a management consulting firm. Organization Science , 18 (4): 711-723.
Alvesson, M., & Karreman, D. (2000). Varieties of discourse: On the study of organizations through discourse analysis. Human Relations , 53: 1125-1149.
Beckert, J. (2010). Institutional isomorphism revisited: Convergence and divergence in institutional change. American Sociological Association , 28: 150-168.
Bourdieu, P. (1985). The social space and the genesis of groups. Theory and Society , 14 (6): 723-744.
Brown, A. (2006). A narrative approach to collective identities. Journal of Management Studies , 43 (3): 731-754.
Brown, A. D. (1997). Narcissism, identity, and legitimacy. Academy of Management Review , 22: 643-686.
Brown, A., & Humphreys, M. (2006). Organizational identity and place: A discursive exploration of hegemony and resistance. Journal of Management Studies , 43 (2): 232-257.
Busco, C. (2009). Gidden's structuration theory and its implications for management accounting research. Journal of Management & Governance , 13: 249-260.
Carlile, P. R. (2002). A pragmatic view of knowledge and boundaries: Boundary objects in new product development. Organization Sciences , 13 (4): 442-455.
Corbin, J., & Strauss, A. (2008). Basics of Qualitative Research 3e. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
DiMaggio, P., & Powell, W. W. (1983). The iron cage revisited: Institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in organizational fields. American Sociological Review , 147-160.
Durand, R., & McGuire, J. (2005). Legitimating agencies in the face of selection: The case of AACSB. Organization Studies , 36 (2): 165-196.
Emirbayer, M. (1997). Manifesto for a relational sociology. American Journal of Sociology , 18: 497-513.
Friman, M. (2010). Understanding boundary work through discourse theory: Inter/disciplines and interdisciplinarity. Science Studies , 23 (2): 5-19.
Gabriel, Y. (1995). The umanaged organization: Stories, fantasies and subjectivity. Organization Studies , 16 (3): 477-501.
Gawer, A., & Phillips, N. (2013). Institutional work as logics shift: The case of Intel's transformation to platform leader. Organization Studies , 0 (0): 1-37.
Gergen, K. J., & Thatchenkery, T. J. (1996). Organization science as social construction: Postmodern potentials. Journal of Applied Behavioural Science , 32: 356-377.
Giddens, A. (1979). Central Problems in Social Theory: Action, Structure, and Contradiction in Social Analysis. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Giddens, A. (1984). The Constitution of Society. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Gieryn, T. F. (1983). Boundary-work and the demarcation of science from non-science: Strains and interests in the professional ideologies of scientists. American Sociological Review, 48 (6): 781-795.
Glynn, M. A. (2008). 'Beyond Constraint: How institutions enable identities' in The Sage handbook of organizational institutionalism. Royston Greenwood, Christine Oliver, Kerstin Sahlin and Roy Suddaby (eds). London: Sage.
Glynn, M. A., & Abzug, R. (2002). Institutionalizing identity: Symbolic isomorphism and organizational names. Academy of Management Journal , 45 (1): 267-280.
Glynn, A. M., & Navis, C. (2013). Categories, identities, and cultural classificiation: Moving beyond a model of categorical constraint. Management Studies, 50 (6): 1124-1137.
Goffman, E. (1959). The presentation of self in everyday life. Garden City, NY: Anchor Books.
Gomes-Casseres, B. (1994). Group versus group: How alliance networks compete. Harvard Business Review , 62-74.
Gudmundsson, S. V., & Lechner, C. (2006). Multilateral airline alliances: Balancing strategic constraints and opportunities . Journal of Air Transport Management , 12: 153-158.
Gulati, R., Sytch, M., & Mehrotra, P. (2008). Breaking up is never easy: Planning for an exit strategy in a strategic alliance. California Management Review , 50 (4): 147-163.
Hardy, C., Lawrence, T. B., & Grant, D. (2005). Discourse and collaboration: The role of coversations and collective identity . Academy of Management Review , 1: 58-77.
Harrison, R. (2006). From landlines to cell phones: Negotiating identity positions in new career contexts. Journal of Employment Counseling , 43: 18-30.
Heracleaous, L., & Marshak, R. J. (2004). Conceptualizing organizational discourse as situated symbolic action. Human Relations , 57 (10): 1285-1312.
Heracleous, L., & Barrett, M. (2001). Organizational change as discourse: Communicative actions and deep structures in the context of information technology implementation. Academy of Management Journal , 44: 755-778.
Hoffman, A. J., & Ocasio, W. (2001). Not all events are attended equally: Toward a middle-range theory of industry attention to external events. Organization Science , 12 (4): 414-434.
Hsu, G., & Hannah, M. T. (2005). Identities, genres, and organizational forms. Organization Science , 16 (5): 474-490.
King, B. G., & Whetten, D. A. (2008). Rethinking the relationship between reputation and legitimacy: A social actor conceptualization. Corporate Reputation Review , 11 (3): 192-207.
Kleymann, B. (2005). The dynamics of multilateral allying: a process perspective on airline alliances. Journal of Air Transport Management , 11: 135-147.
Lamertz, K., & Heugens, P. P. (2009). Institutional translation through spectatorship: Collective consumption and editing of symbolic organizational texts by firms and their audiences. Organization Studies , 30 (11): 1249-1279.
Lamont, M., & Molnar, V. (2002). The study of boundaries in the social sciences. Annual Review of Sociology , 28: 167-195.
Lavie, D., Lechner, C., & Singh, H. (2007). The performance implications of timing of entry and involvement in multipartner alliances. Academy of Management Journal , 50 (3): 578-604.
Lawrence, T. B., Phillips, N., & Hardy, C. (1999). Watching whale-watching: A relational theory of organizational collaboration. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science , 35: 479-502.
Lazzarini, S. G. (2007). The impact of membership in competing alliance constellations: Evidence on the operational performance of gobal airlines. Strategic Management Journal , 28 (4): 345-367.
Lazzarini, S. G. (2008). The transition from alliance networks to multilateral alliances in the global airline industry. Brazilian Administrative Review , 5 (1): 19-36.
Leitch, S., & Palmer, I. (2010). Analysing texts in context: Current pratices and new protocols for critical discourse analysis in organization studies. Journal of Management Studies , 47 (6): 1194-1212.
Meyer, J. W., & Rowan, B. (1977). Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony . American Journal of Sociology , 83: 340-363.
Miller, G. (1994). Toward ethnographies of institutional discourse: Proposals and suggestions. Journal of contemporary ethnography , 23: 280-306.
Mizruchi, M. S., & Fein, L. C. (1999). The social construction of organizational knowledge: A study of the uses of coercive, mimetic, and normative isomorphism. Administrative Science Quarterly , 44: 653-683.
Moore, D. (2011). Structuration theory: The contribution of Norman Macintosh and its application to emissions trading. Critical Perspectives on Accounting , 22: 212-227.
Nederhof, A. J., & Meijer, R. F. (1995). Development of bibliometric indicators for utility of research to users in society: Measurement of external knowledge transfer via publications in trade journals. Scientometrics , 32 (1): 37-48.
Owen-Smith, J., & Powell, W. W. (2008). 'Networks and Institutions' in The Sage handbook of organizational institutionalism. Royston Greenwood, Christine Oliver, Kerstin Sahlin and Roy Suddaby (eds). London: Sage.
Phillips, N., & Brown, J. L. (1993). Analyzing communication in and around organizations: A critical hermeneutic approach. Academy of Management Journal , 36 (6): 1547-1576.
Phillips, N., Lawrence, T. B., & Hardy, C. (2004). Discourse and institutions. Academy of Management Review , 29 (4): 635-652.
Phillips, N., Lawrence, T. B., & Hardy, C. (2004). Discourse and institutions. Academy of Management Review , 29 (4): 635-652.
Potter, J., & Wetherell, M. (1987). Discourse and Social Psychology. London: SAGE Publications.
Rhoades, D. L., & Lush, H. (1997). A typology of strategic alliances in the airline indsutry: Propositions for stability and duration. Journal of Air Transport Management , 3 (3): 109-114.
Sahlin, K., & Wedlin, L. (2008). 'Circulating ideas: Imitation, translation and editing' in The Sage handbook of organizational institutionalism. Royston Greenwood, Christine Oliver, Kerstin Sahlin and Roy Suddaby (eds). London: Sage.
Schein, E. H. (1971). The individual, the organization, and the career: A conceptual scheme. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science , 7: 401-426.
Scott, R. W. (2004). Institutional theory: Contributing to a theoretical research program. In Smith, K., G., & Hitt, M., A., (eds.), Great minds in management: The process of theory development (pp.1-47). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.
Sillince, J. A., & Brown, A. D. (2009). Multiple organizational identities and legitimacy: The rhetoric of police websites. Human Relations , 62 (12): 1829-1856.
Smolka, A. L. (2005). The authoring of institutional practises: Discourse and modes of participation of subjects. Culture Psychology , 11: 359-376.
Suchman, M. C. (1995). Managing legitimacy: Strategic and institutional approaches. Academy of Management Review , 20 (3): 571-610.
Sudaddy, R., & Greenwood, R. (2005). Rhetorical strategies of legitimacy. Administrative Science Quarterly , 50: 35-67.
Suddaby, R. (2006). From the editors: What grounded theory is not. Academy of Management Journal , 49 (4): 633-642.
Suddady, R., & Greenwood, R. (2005). Rhetorical strategies of legitimacy . Administrative Science Quarterly , 50: 35-67.
Thorton, P. H., & Ocasio, W. (1999). Institutional logics and the historical continguency of power in organizations: Executive succession in the higher education publishing industry, 1958-1990. American Journal of Sociology , 105: 801-843.
Van Maaene, J. V., & Schein, E. H. (1979). Toward a theory of organizational socialization. In B.M. Staw (ed.). Research in Organizational Behavior , 1: 209-264. Greenwich: JAI Press.
Wedlin, L. (2006). Ranking business schools: Forming fields, identities and boundaries in international management education. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
Wry, T., Lounsbury, M., & Glynn, M. A. (2011). Legitimating nascent collective identities: Coordinating cultural entrepreneurship. Organization Science, 22 (2): 449-463.
Zeng, M., & Chen, X.-P. (2003). Achieving cooperation in multiparty alliances: A social dilemma approach to partnership management. Academy of Management Review , 28 (4): 587-605.
Zilber, T. B. (2007). Stories and the discursive dynamics of institutional entrepreneurship: The case of Israeli high-tech after the bubble. Organizaton Studies , 28 (7): 1035-1054.
Zilber, T. B. (2010). The work of meanings in institutional processes and thinking in The Sage handbook of organizational institutionalism. Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Suddaby, R., & Sahlin, K., (eds.) , London: SAGE.
Zilber, T. B. (2006). The work of the symbolic in institutional processes: Translations of rational myths in Israeli high tech. Academy of Management Journal , 49 (2): 281-303.
All items in Spectrum are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved. The use of items is governed by Spectrum's terms of access.

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Downloads per month over past year

Research related to the current document (at the CORE website)
- Research related to the current document (at the CORE website)
Back to top Back to top