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In the Organization’s Shadow: How Individual Behavior is Shaped by Organizational Leakage
American Journal of Sociology
  • Matthew E. Brashears, University of South Carolina
  • Michael Genkin, Singapore Management University
  • Chan S. Suh, Boise State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
11-1-2017
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/693703
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Abstract

Individuals who join an organization often adopt its characteristic behaviors, but does the same effect extend to nearby nonmembers, and is this process impeded or enhanced by the competition between organizations? This article argues that organizations influence the behavior of both members and proximate nonmembers in a process we term “organizational leakage” and that competition between organizations moderates the impact of any one of them on individual behavior. This article finds, using the Add Health data, that an individual’s location in an organizational ecology is an important predictor of his or her behavior, even while controlling for other factors, including membership.

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This document was originally published in American Journal of Sociology by University of Chicago Press. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1086/693703

Citation Information
Matthew E. Brashears, Michael Genkin and Chan S. Suh. "In the Organization’s Shadow: How Individual Behavior is Shaped by Organizational Leakage" American Journal of Sociology (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chan-suh/6/