Derek Harmon

Derek Harmon
University of Michigan | U-M · Department of Strategy

PhD in Business Administration

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Will the Covid-19 pandemic change peoples’ opinions about business responsibility? The future is by no means clear. On the one hand, the pandemic seems to be accelerating the transition towards a sustainable economy and creating alternative forms of doing business. If this continues, the pandemic might break old routines and ultimately generate new...
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Institutional theory has developed into a leading perhaps the dominant perspective in organizational analysis these days. One prominent point of criticism of institutional theory has been its overly strong emphasis on the macro level. In recent years, however, institutional scholars have begun to vigorously address this issue by expanding the scope...
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This study investigates what happens when a prominent leader explicitly reaffirms the taken-for-granted assumptions underlying an institution. While such efforts are usually made to reinforce the institution, I theorize that they actually destabilize the institution and create collective uncertainty by reopening the very considerations that people...
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Although scholars increasingly use institutional logics to explain macro-level phenomena, we still know little about the psychological mechanisms by which institutional logics shape individual action. We propose that individuals internalize institutional logics as an associative network of entity schemas (i.e., persons, objects, and places) and eve...
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We develop a model of rhetorical legitimation that specifies the communicative and cognitive structure underlying the maintenance and change of institutions. To do so we draw on Toulmin (1958) and his idea that social actors can use two structurally distinct forms of rhetoric: intrafield rhetoric and interfield rhetoric. We use this distinction to...
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We investigate how efforts to justify a transgression as an attempt to address matters of equity, equality, or need would affect the implications of an apology for trust after its violation, and how this would depend on the intended beneficiary. To do so, we conducted 2 studies, including a new research design that supplements the rigor of experime...
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Contract violations are ubiquitous. There has been little attention, however, dedicated to understanding the mechanisms involved in making sense of and addressing such occurrences. Two experimental studies investigated how people interpret contract violations and how these interpretations affect trust and the management of relationships. By drawing...
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Even though contract violations frequently occur, we know surprisingly little about the factors that influence how people react to such occurrences. We build on Macaulay’s (1963) foundational typology of contractual planning to argue that the nature of the agreement reached can affect parties’ willingness to trust after a contract violation has ari...
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Purpose – To motivate efforts within the ethics, fairness, and justice literatures to address some largely unexamined questions regarding how reactions to potential transgressions might depend on the group context. Design/approach – We draw on prior literature on ethics, fairness, and justice to develop a framework that highlights gaps in the lite...

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