The Dynamics of Organizational Emergence: A Contemporary Group Formation Perspective

Posted: 17 Nov 2009

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Jerome Katz

Saint Louis University - Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Date Written: 1993

Abstract

Presents the contributions of social psychology, inparticular the impact of group dynamics,to the study of entrepreneurship.Group dynamics focuses on the development and operation of groups and ispremised on the idea that the process of socialization is achieved throughgroup members learning their respective roles. The assumption of roles by groupmembers helps them to determine how to act in their groups, which often leadsto an "us vs. them" mentality. Research focused on the minimal groupparadigm (MPG) has shed light on the minimum conditions necessary for the groupthinking to take place. This research has recently developed the belief that behaviors are rational,instrumental actions aimed at maximizing economic self-interest. As a result,the MPG can be applied to all entrepreneurial organizations. An additional areaof group dynamics which impacts entrepreneurial studies is the "New PlantRevolution." In this research, conceptualization happens at both the grouplevel and the individual level. This new plant approach may aid entrepreneursin identifying problems and potential solutions as they establish theirbusinesses. The theories of social psychology offer lessons which can beadopted by entrepreneurship researchers. (SRD)

Keywords: Role theory, Firm creation, Socialization, Startups, Participative decisions, Organization theory, Organizational behavior, Work roles, Social psychology, Group behavior, Research opportunities

Suggested Citation

Katz, Jerome, The Dynamics of Organizational Emergence: A Contemporary Group Formation Perspective (1993). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1504461

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