Precarious values and mundane innovations: Enrollment management in american liberal arts colleges

Matthew S. Kraatz, Marc J. Ventresca, Lina Deng

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Abstract

Drawing primarily from Selznick's institutionalism, we make a general case for renewed attention to the "mundane administrative arrangements" that underlie the organizational capacity for value realization and a particular case for the study of value-subverting management innovations. An empirical study of "enrollment management" in liberal arts colleges reveals this ostensibly innocuous innovation's value-undermining effects and identifies the organizational and environmental factors that have made these venerable organizations more or less susceptible to its adoption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1521-1545
Number of pages25
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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