Community Ecology and the Sociology of Organizations

Posted: 11 Jan 2008

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John H. Freeman

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Pino G. Audia

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business

Abstract

Research on organizations is increasingly informed by analysis of community context. Community can be conceptualized as sets of relations between organizational forms or as places where organizations are located in resource space or in geography. In both modes, organizations operate interdependently with social institutions and with other units of social structure. Because such relationships channel flows of resources, opportunities are granted or withheld from social actors depending in part on their organization connections. Such considerations encourage analyses of organizations in ways that spread the relevance of results beyond organizationally defined research problem areas.

Keywords: organization theory, interorganizational relations, social networks, organizational geography

Suggested Citation

Freeman, John H. and Audia, Pino G., Community Ecology and the Sociology of Organizations. Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 32, August 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082494

John H. Freeman (Contact Author)

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Pino G. Audia

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business ( email )

Hanover, NH 03755
United States

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