Topics in Quantitative Sociology
Fall 2020 ENSAE
Why do certain organizations succeed and others fail? We explore how concepts from ecology can be adapted to answer this and similar questions about social organizations.
Baum & Shipilov, 2006, Ch, "Ecological approaches to organizations"
Hannan & Freeman, 1977, AJS, "The population ecology of organizations"
McPherson, 2004, ICC, "A Blau space primer: Prolegomenon to an ecology of affiliation"
McPherson & Ranger-Moore, 1991, SF, "Evolution on a dancing landscape: Organizations and networks in dynamic Blau space"
Rojas, 2006, JIE, "Sociological imperialism in three theories of the market"
Case-studies for reading, presentation and commentary
Olzak, 2016, SF, “The effect of category spanning on the lethality and longevity of terrorist organizations” [PRES]
Mark, 2003, ASR, “Culture and competition. Homophily and distancing explanations for cultural niches” [PRES]
Commentaries: 1, 2.
Case-studies for written reviews
McPherson & Smith, 2019, Socius, "Network effects in Blau Space. Imputing social context from survey data" [REV]
Pontikes & Hannan, 2014, SS, "An ecology of social categories" [REV]