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The Demography of Corporations and Industries

Carroll, Glenn R.; Hannan, Michael T.

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ISBN 10: 0691010307 / ISBN 13: 9780691010304
Published by Princeton University Press, U.S.A., 1999
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First printing. Blue cloth, gilt titles at spine. A serious academic study with charts, graphs, equations, etc. that attempts to analyze how corporations use data and research. Authors hail from Berkeley and Stanford, where they have taught equivalent subjects. Book very good plus with evidence of readerwear, light soil at foreedge. DJ likewise very good plus with stain on reverse. 490 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 13767

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Title: The Demography of Corporations and ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Most analysts of corporations and industries adopt the focal perspective of a single prototypical organization. Many analysts also study corporations primarily in terms of their internal organizational structures or as complex systems of financial contracts. Glenn Carroll and Michael Hannan bring fresh insight to our understanding of corporations and the industries they comprise by looking beyond prototypical structures to focus on the range and diversity of organizations in their social and economic setting. The result is a rich rendering of analysis that portrays whole populations and communities of corporations.

The Demography of Corporations and Industries is the first book to present the demographic approach to organizational studies in its entirety. It examines the theory, models, methods, and data used in corporate demographic research. Carroll and Hannan explore the processes by which corporate populations change over time, including organizational founding, growth, decline, structural transformation, and mortality. They review and synthesize the major theoretical mechanisms of corporate demography, ranging from aging and size dependence to population segregation and density dependence. The book also explores some selected implications of corporate demography for public policy, including employment and regulation.

In this path-breaking book, Carroll and Hannan demonstrate why demographic research on corporations is important; describe how to conduct demographic research; specify fruitful areas of future research; and suggest how the demographic perspective can enrich the public discussion of issues surrounding the corporation in our constantly evolving industrial society. All researchers and analysts with an interest in this topic will find The Demography of Corporations and Industries an invaluable resource.

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"The Demography of Corporations and Industries is an ambitious book. Originating in research on organizational ecology, the authors adopt a demographic perspective in which variety among firms within industries becomes the object of analysis. Vitality resides in the differences--which has important ramifications for organization theory and for public policy toward business. This book will influence research on organizations well into the new millennium."--Oliver Williamson, University of California, Berkeley

"Organizational ecology has for twenty years been among the most powerful paradigms for the study of organizations. This volume takes the next step, explicating clearly the tradition's demographic foundations, and elucidating its value for students of the firm. The Demography of Corporations and Industries will be an essential part of the libraries of organizational scholars in business schools and in departments of sociology and economics."--Paul J. DiMaggio, Princeton University

"This book promises to be the touchstone reference for many years on the demography of organizations."--Ronald S. Burt, University of Chicago

"The material in this book is virtually required reading for any serious course in organization studies."--Peter V. Marsden, Harvard University

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