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Title:The Emergence of Self-Regulatory Organizations as Institutional Change
Author(s):Block, Emily Sarah
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kraatz, Matthew S.
Department / Program:Business Administration
Discipline:Business Administration
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Business Administration, Management
Abstract:Despite the popularity of self-regulatory organizations in practice, from the perspective of organizational theory these organizations remain much a mystery. Research on institutional change suggests that the very organizations that self-regulation scholars identify as most likely to either become or spin off self-regulatory organizations are likely to resist the changes that precipitate self-regulation's emergence (Andrews, 2002; Mottl, 1980; Zald & Ussem, 1987). The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the process through which self-regulatory organizations emerge from traditional industry associations. By selecting a single prototypical case of the effective emergence of a self-regulatory organization from an existing industry level organization, I aim to understand the process and drivers of this significant organizational transformation. The case that I analyze is the development of an environmental self-regulatory certification system in the US Forest Products Industry, significant organizational transformation. I focus on two broad questions; (1) how did structural elements of the self-regulatory organization and its relationship with its external environment change in a way that allowed the organization to be taken seriously as an effective self-regulatory body, and (2) how did the rhetoric of the self-regulatory organization facilitate and contextualize these structural changes. I argue that rhetoric combines with more concrete changes, enabling industry associations to create effective self-regulatory bodies and therefore attempt to exert control and manage the rate and nature of environmental change.
Issue Date:2009
Description:212 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3362732
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2009

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