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


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.

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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


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