Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.1060.0209
Title: The ecological interdependence of emergent and established organizational populations: Legitimacy transfer, violation by comparison, and unstable identities
Authors: Dobrev, S.D.
Ozdemir, S.Z.
Teo, A.C. 
Keywords: Community ecology
Density dependence
Ecological interdependence
Legitimation and competition
Organizational identity
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Dobrev, S.D., Ozdemir, S.Z., Teo, A.C. (2006). The ecological interdependence of emergent and established organizational populations: Legitimacy transfer, violation by comparison, and unstable identities. Organization Science 17 (5) : 577-597. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.1060.0209
Abstract: We know that organizations of different but related kinds greatly influence each other's evolution. Although empirical findings abound, the theories behind them are still being developed. We advance a model of ecological interdependence between emergent and established populations. Our model is based on three main ideas. First, we consider related populations to be those that overlap in identity and resource space and that simultaneously exhibit competitive and mutualistic relationships, the latter leading to legitimacy transfer. Second, we build on the idea that legitimated forms codify prescriptive sanctions for deviations from identity blueprints, and predict that when an emergent population overlaps with an established one in identity space, its early proliferation will manifest violations of established social identities and will trigger prescriptive sanctions. Third, we rely on the notion of a focused identity to argue that organization-level changes affect external perceptions of the population's collective identity, and hamper legitimacy. Analysis of the survival rates of financial cooperatives in Singapore - a population overlapping the identity and resources of commercial banks - confirms our predictions. © 2006 INFORMS.
Source Title: Organization Science
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/44635
ISSN: 10477039
DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1060.0209
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