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Organizational Birth Frequencies: An Empirical Investigation

Johannes M. Pennings
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 27, No. 1 (Mar., 1982), pp. 120-144
DOI: 10.2307/2392549
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2392549
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

This paper examines organizational birth frequencies in 70 urban-metropolitan areas of the United States. Birth frequencies in three selected industries (plastics, telecommunication equipment, and electronic components) were related to attributes of the urban ecology and the abundance of socioeconomic resources. The results showed that occupational and industrial differentiation, the percentage of immigrants, the size of the relevant industry, the size of the urban area, and the availability of financial resources were most critical for predicting the creation of new organizations. The results are reported and interpreted within the framework of human ecology.

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