Status evolution and competition: Theory and evidence

Marvin Washington*, Edward J. Zajac

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this study, we (1) clarify and distinguish the concept of status, (2) identify and analyze the institutional and organizational factors that can lead to differences in organizational status over time, and (3) empirically assess the privileges implied by such differences. Using extensive longitudinal data on competitive intercollegiate athletics, we found that status was a significant predictor of whether a college was invited to participate in the NCAA postseason basketball tournament, independently of performance considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-296
Number of pages15
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2005

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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