Review of James G. March, Martin Schulz, and Xueguang Zhou, The Dynamics of Rules: Change in Written Organizational Codes
Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 30, No. 5 (Sep., 2001), 479-480
3 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2014
Date Written: 2001
This is a unique book. March, Schulz, and Zhou have developed an entirely new field of organizational research, which amounts to a sort of ecology of organizational rules, and have developed an elegant theory of that field. One of this book's most important contributions is to bring insights from population ecology theory to the internal operation of the firm. Another is to build on March's ideas about organizational learning. The authors not only develop a new organizational genre and a theory to go with it, but introduce a new kind of data: demographic data on organizational rules. They track every rule created at Stanford over a period of 100 years.
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