60 Years of March and Simon’s Organizations: An Empirical Examination of Its Impact and Influence on Subsequent Research

Forthcoming in Journal of Management Studies

58 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2019

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Ralf Wilden

Macquarie University

Jan Hohberger

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Timothy M. Devinney

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Fabrice Lumineau

University of Hong Kong

Date Written: November 6, 2019

Abstract

We provide an analytic and systematic review of the impact of March and Simon’s seminal Organizations on management research and discuss the book’s value for current research and propose future applications of it. Building on bibliometric and text-mining approaches, our empirical analysis reveals that although Organizations was contextually based in the industrial milieu of the 1950’s, its concepts have found ongoing resonance with scholars. Further, we find that much of this resonance appears to be driven by the ability of scholars in different ‘schools of thought’ to find useful insights from March and Simon’s generalized theoretical structure. However, we also observe that scholars have been selective in their usage of ideas from the book over the last 60 years. Based our analysis, we propose a particular set of future research areas, including a focus on new organizational forms and extending March & Simon’s ideas to multilevel research, which can benefit from more holistically drawing on Organizations and connect its original ideas to address current management problems.

Suggested Citation

Wilden, Ralf and Hohberger, Jan and Devinney, Timothy M. and Lumineau, Fabrice, 60 Years of March and Simon’s Organizations: An Empirical Examination of Its Impact and Influence on Subsequent Research (November 6, 2019). Forthcoming in Journal of Management Studies, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3481870 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3481870

Ralf Wilden

Macquarie University ( email )

New South Wales 2109
Australia

Jan Hohberger

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

Timothy M. Devinney

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Fabrice Lumineau (Contact Author)

University of Hong Kong ( email )

HKU Business School
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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