Cleaning Up the Water Law of British Columbia: A Problemistic Approach to Rule Changes

Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2008

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-585

7 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2013

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Martin Schulz

University of British Columbia (UBC)

P. Devereaux Jennings

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

David L. Patient

Catholic University of Portugal (UCP)

Date Written: Dec 1, 2007

Abstract

Most models of institutional change (e.g.,Dacin, Goodstein, & Scott, 2002) rely on the presence of powerful agents intent on changing the institutions. Few institutional change studies concern situations where powerful agents are absent or do not pursue change. In this paper, we argue that institutional change is also driven, at least in part, by the problems that institutional rules experience. Thus, this research departs from prior studies on institutional rules in three ways. First, we move our analysis to the level of institutional rules. Second, we broaden the focus to include a range of rules, regardless of the attention they receive from powerful interests. Third, we approach institutional rule change from a ‘problemistic’ (i.e., problem-oriented) perspective, building on Carnegie models that stress the role of problems in organizational search and adaptation (Cyert and March, 1963; Jennings , Schulz, Patient, Gravel, Yuan, 2005). In particular, we explore three problem-related mechanisms: problem attraction, problem recognition, and problem engagement. .

Suggested Citation

Schulz, Martin and Jennings, P. Devereaux and Patient, David L., Cleaning Up the Water Law of British Columbia: A Problemistic Approach to Rule Changes (Dec 1, 2007). Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2008; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-585. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2277959

Martin Schulz (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC) ( email )

P. Devereaux Jennings

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

David L. Patient

Catholic University of Portugal (UCP)

Palma de Cima
Lisboa, 1649-023
Portugal

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