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The “Voice of Industry”: Why management researchers should pay more attention to trade associations

Rajwani, Tazeeb, Lawton, Thomas and Phillips, Nelson (2015) The “Voice of Industry”: Why management researchers should pay more attention to trade associations Strategic Organization, 13 (3). pp. 224-232.

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Trade associations work to influence regulation, government policy, and public opinion on behalf of the collective needs and objectives of their members. They also serve as agents for disseminating and exchanging information within industries, and often act as informal regulators by setting voluntary standards of behavior for industry members. Yet, despite the obvious importance of trade associations for firms, industries, and societies, management and organization researchers have devoted surprisingly little attention to understanding them. In this essay, we argue that researchers must develop a deeper understanding of their purpose, sources of influence, and impact on companies, industries, and society. We go on to discuss three examples of areas of management research—institutional theory, collective identity, and nonmarket strategy—where we believe trade associations are of particular relevance and where existing theoretical perspectives remain limited without an explicit consideration of these important organizations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Phillips, Nelson
Date : 17 June 2015
DOI : 10.1177/1476127015590963
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords : Nonmarket strategy; Institutional entrepreneurship; Institutional work; Stakeholder theory; Collective identity; Industry asociations; Trade associations; Meta-organizations
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 12 Jan 2018 09:15
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 11:00

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