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The Institutions of the MarketOrganizations, Social Systems, and Governance$
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Alexander Ebner and Nikolaus Beck

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231423.001.0001

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Problemistic Search and (Inter‐)Organizational Learning

Problemistic Search and (Inter‐)Organizational Learning

(p.87) 4 Problemistic Search and (Inter‐)Organizational Learning
The Institutions of the Market

Henrich R. Greve

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of how the institutional environment relates to organizational learning. Two areas of research on organizational change are distinguished: the concept of problemistic search and the concept of inter-organizational diffusion. Research on problemistic search examines conditions that give rise to organizational problems, whereas the theory of diffusion emphasizes the availability of effective solutions. However, both perspectives rely on a similar model of managerial cognition and its operational effects. A theoretical synthesis thus will advance the understanding of how new behaviours are adopted by organizations.

Keywords:   institutional environment, organizational learning, problemistic search, inter-organizational diffusion

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