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dc.contributor.authorSohn, Joon Wooen_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 8267270
dc.description.abstractNeo-institutional theory's concern with understanding the forces that promote structural isomorphism has led to a neglect of the heterogeneity of structures among organizations operating within the same institutional framework. To better understand such variation, we extend institutional theory by focusing on the link between institutional expectations and the interests and strategic choices of influential actors in an organization. Using a nationally representative sample of bureaucratic small and medium size British enterprises (SMEs), we find evidence that while SMEs' formal structures reflect the influence of the institutional environment, this influence is significantly moderated by the interests and concentration of owners' power. In particular, we argue that ownership structure affects owners' interpretations of the institutional environment conducive to either opportunities or constraints. Our results show that public firms with concentrated ownerships (OCOs) respond most strongly to institutional pressure to bureaucratize the HR function because complying with such pressure is in the owners' interests; therefore, they use their power to conform to the institutional expectations. In contrast, in private OCOs, owners use their power to resist institutional pressure; hence the HR function is less bureaucratized in such firms. We find that firms with dispersed ownership structure (ODOs) conform also to the institutional pressure but only up to a standard level. We discuss the implications of the findings for institutional theory, corporate governance, and SME research.en_US
dc.subjectinstitutional theoryen_US
dc.subjectstrategic choice perspectiveen_US
dc.subjectownership structureen_US
dc.titleVarieties Inside The Shell Of Likeness: Explaining The Bureaucratization Of The Hr Function In British Smesen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US and Labor Relations Universityen_US of Science, Industrial and Labor Relations
dc.contributor.chairTolbert, Pamela Sen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDiciccio, Thomas Jen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSine, Wesleyen_US

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