Institutional Regime, Opportunity Space and Organizational Path Constitution: Case Studies of the Conversion of Military Firms in China

28 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2016

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Runtian Jing

Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Mary J. Benner

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Date Written: June 2016

Abstract

This study examines organizational path constitution from an institutional regime view. The research setting is the conversion of military firms to the civilian market in China since the country's economic reform in 1978. We begin with a questionnaire survey to better understand the situation and context of military conversion, and then conducted an embedded multiple‐case study method that shows how different patterns of organizational path constitution arise from a process of change efforts, change outcomes and opportunity space. Our context further allows us to examine how heterogeneous locally‐based institutional regimes affect the opportunity space of embedded organizations, enabling or constraining their change actions. The overall contribution is a theoretical model that reveals the relations between heterogeneous institutional regimes, opportunity spaces and organizational path constitution. Our findings have implications for the path dependence literature.

Keywords: institutional regime, opportunity space, organizational evolution, path creation, path dependence

Suggested Citation

Jing, Runtian and Benner, Mary J., Institutional Regime, Opportunity Space and Organizational Path Constitution: Case Studies of the Conversion of Military Firms in China (June 2016). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 53, Issue 4, pp. 552-579, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2771454 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12170

Runtian Jing (Contact Author)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University ( email )

Antai College of Economics and Management
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, Shanghai 200052
China

Shanghai Jiao Tong University ( email )

KoGuan Law School
Shanghai 200030, Shanghai 200052
China

Mary J. Benner

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management ( email )

19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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