Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/22762
Authors: 
Menhart, Michael
Pyka, Andreas
Ebersberger, Bernd
Hanusch, Horst
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsreihe / Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der Universität Augsburg 240
Abstract: 
Empirical research in organizational ecology has mainly focused on analyzing founding and mortality rates using life history data of the organizations. We try to extend this approach in our study in a number of ways. In contrast to most empirical studies in organizational ecology, we chose a population of service organizations, in particular the German insurance companies, the development dynamics of which are rather obvious in the innovative activities of existing organizations than in founding activities. We further discuss the points of contact between the organizational ecology approach and the theory of industry life cycles and extend the analysis to the relationship between innovative activities and population dynamics. The study examines the effects of population density, former events, and organizational size and age structure in the population of property & casualty insurance companies on the number of product innovations generated. We will further develop a concept for an insurance specific industry life cycle with a non-typical maturation and degeneration phase.
Subjects: 
Service industries
population ecology
industry life cycles
JEL: 
O3
N2
L8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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