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When Accreditation Standards Change: Factors Affecting Differential Responsiveness of Public and Private Organizations

Maureen Casile and Alison Davis-Blake
The Academy of Management Journal
Vol. 45, No. 1 (Feb., 2002), pp. 180-195
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3069291
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When Accreditation Standards Change: Factors Affecting Differential Responsiveness of Public and Private Organizations
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Abstract

We examine how technical and institutional factors affect the responsiveness of public and private organizations to a change in accreditation standards. We found that market niche and ties to an accrediting organization affected the responsiveness of both types of organizations. However, technical factors (potential economic gains from accreditation) had a greater effect on the responsiveness of private organizations, and institutional factors (diffusion through both social cohesion and structural equivalence) had a greater effect on the responsiveness of public organizations.

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