Studying Differences Between Organizations: Comparative by Brayden King, David Whetten, Teppo Felin

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By Brayden King, David Whetten, Teppo Felin

This quantity is inspired by means of key questions and demanding situations linked to reviving and constructing a comparative viewpoint. One organizing topic of the amount is to offer comparative research as a method to provide an explanation for and describe organizational heterogeneity, at various degrees and contexts. whereas a lot empirical paintings seems to be for the assets of homogeneity inside of fields, industries, etc., we think that one good thing about doing comparative research is to make checks of the saw changes among agencies. therefore, we've requested all the authors to contemplate how their kind of comparative research complements our figuring out of organizational heterogeneity. the amount includes sections: an introductory essay part and a piece the place authors concentrate on particular theoretical, methodological and empirical themes. a number of papers are unique empirical analyses that use a comparative good judgment or approach. we predict that every paper, as well as offering a theoretical contribution, will provide a meta-discussion that explains how taking a comparative technique complements our figuring out of the phenomenon of curiosity.

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For example, Why and How We Should Study Organizations Comparatively 31 businesses started by families may not follow the same path as spin-offs from large corporations. Many owners of family businesses profess a desire to remain small, although circumstances may conspire against this wish. Conceptualizing ‘‘heterogeneity’’ thus requires us to have a deep understanding of what we are studying. Notice several ways in which time figures into this narrative. First, to understand survival, we need to take a multiyear view, following organizations long enough to ascertain their fate.

Were we to focus only on the black swans, rather than comparing them with the mundane initial population of startups, or with any of the other population subsets I mentioned earlier, we would miss the critical feature of entrepreneurship in the United States: entrepreneurial success is difficult to attain. From a comparative point of view, we must consider two possible explanations for the process revealed by these numbers (Haveman & Rao, 1997). From a selection perspective, the data paint a picture of initial heterogeneity winnowed by time.

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