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The evolution of organizational performance

Nwadei, Tosen (2014) The evolution of organizational performance. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Organizations are field members and respond to the meaning produced within the field. Although a significant body of literature exists concerning institutions and how they influence organizational decision making for actors within the field, less is known about the evolution of measures of organizational performance as a result of the institution and the organizational field. The purpose of this study is to examine how organizational fields produce evolved means of measuring organizational performance. I examine this within the context of collegiate athletics, evaluating the relationship between winning percentages and graduation rates for various athletics programs. I further test this through coding data over a 50 year interval to indicate field expansion. The results suggest that Division I athletic programs are growing in homogeneity. Additionally, the academic support services field is influencing how potential Division I athletes are measuring the performance of athletic programs. This is an illustration of how organizational performance measures evolve as the field matures.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nwadei, Tosenctn8@pitt.eduCTN8
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCrawford, Brett
Committee MemberAtkin, Robert
Committee MemberMurrell, Audrey
Committee MemberBromley, Patricia
Date: 14 May 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 28 March 2014
Approval Date: 14 May 2014
Submission Date: 18 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 43
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: College of Business Administration > General Management
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational fields, institutional theory, organizational performance, field structuration
Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 20:34
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:19


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