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

Rajwani, T and Lawton, T and Phillips, N (2015) 'The “Voice of Industry”: Why management researchers should pay more attention to trade associations.' Strategic Organization, 13 (3). 224 - 232. ISSN 1476-1270

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Abstract

© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. 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
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group
Depositing User: Tazeeb Rajwani
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 15:45
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18829

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