Testing the Strength of the Iron Cage: A Meta-Analysis of Neo-Institutional Theory

43 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2007 Last revised: 25 Jul 2013

See all articles by Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens

Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Michel Lander

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Date Written: January 25, 2007

Abstract

In this study, we use meta-analytical techniques to quantitatively synthesize and evaluate the sizeable body of empirical work that has been conducted under the banner of neo-institutional theory. We find strong support for the influence of mimetic pressures on organizational isomorphism, but support for the predicted roles of normative and coercive factors is mixed. Similarly, we find that the strategic isomorphism, the homogenous application of corporate policies, tends to translate into symbolic but not substantive performance effects. In combination with additional moderator analyses, these findings suggest new directions for future research.

Keywords: Meta-analysis, Artefact Corrections, Corporate Performance, Isomorphism, Moderator Analysis, Neo-Institutional Organization Theory

Suggested Citation

Heugens, Pursey P.M.A.R. and Lander, Michel, Testing the Strength of the Iron Cage: A Meta-Analysis of Neo-Institutional Theory (January 25, 2007). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-007-ORG. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962252

Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens (Contact Author)

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Michel Lander

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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