Culture and Demography in Organizations

Book cover for Culture and Demography in Organizations

Culture and Demography in Organizations

By J. Richard Harrison, Glenn R. Carroll
Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2006

How do corporations and other organizations maintain and transmit their cultures over time? Culture and Demography in Organizations offers the most reliable and comprehensive answer to this complex question to date. The first book on the subject to ground its analysis in mathematical tools and computer simulation, it goes beyond standard approaches, which focus on socialization within organizations, by explicitly considering the effects of demographic processes of entry, exit, and organizational growth.

Selected Editorial Reviews
I would recommend the book broadly to anyone interested in the internal dynamics of organizations or cultural transmission (whether inside or outside organizational contexts) ....
Olav Sorenson
Harrison and Carroll have put together a remarkable exploration of how computational models can be used to articulate theory, generate and explore hypotheses (my term, not theirs), and engage in the rich intellectual endeavor of “model mining.”
Michael J. Prietula, Contemporary Sociology
They have developed a mathematical model to illustrate how culture is transmitted in a social aggregate. In their book, they emphasize that "an organization's culture is, quite surprisingly, very static....
Business Digest, October, 2006