Abstract

The formation of an organization is a dynamic process in which activities such as obtaining resources, developing products, hiring employees, and seeking funds are undertaken at different times and in different orders (Gartner, 1985). Current research often builds on Katz and Gartner’s (1988) well-regarded framework, which posits that four basic properties -- intentionality, boundary, resources and exchange -- are central to organizational emergence. Recently, Brush, Manolova and Edelman (2008) tested the framework in its entirety, finding that all four properties are necessary for firm survival. This research extends the work of Brush et al, (2008) to the Norwegian context. We hypothesize that each of the four properties and the completeness of property accumulation will be positively associated with the likelihood to continue organizing, whereas temporal concentration will follow an inverted “U” relationship with the likelihood to continue.

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