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Europeanization and Organizational Change in National Trade Associations: An Organizational Ecology Perspective

Jürgen R. Grote and Achim Lang

in The Politics of Europeanization

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780199252091
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599224 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252092.003.0010
 Europeanization and Organizational Change in National Trade Associations: An Organizational Ecology Perspective

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The first section of this chapter on Europeanization in relation to organizational change in national trade associations addresses the paradigm of Europeanization and business interest associations. The second section discusses change in sectoral business associations from an ecological perspective, looking at the different strategies that organizations can use to confront external challenges. Absorption and compensation, integration, cooperation and intervention. The third and final sections of the chapter are written with particular reference to the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Sector and the Chemicals Sector in Germany. The third section, on change-inducing environmental factors, distinguishes between the political, economic, technological and social environments that influence the individual groups and group populations in different ways according to sector via national, European or international channels. The final section looks at change in an intra- and inter-organizational perspective, and describes the interest group populations and focal organizations dominating both sectors before looking at selected results that shed some light on the ways that leading representatives of trade associations perceive external challenges and related modifications in the application of resources.

Keywords: Chemicals Sector; environmental factors; Europeanization; Germany; Information and Communications Technologies Sector; national trade associations; organizational change

Chapter.  13163 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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