Title: Managers' environmental perceptions: an institutional perspective

Authors: Antonio J. Verdu, Jose Maria Gomez-Gras, Henk W. Volberda

Addresses: Miguel Hernandez University, Dpto. Estudios Economicos y Financieros, Avda. de la Universidad, s/n, 03202 Elche-Alicante, Spain. ' Miguel Hernandez University, Dpto. Estudios Economicos y Financieros, Avda. de la Universidad, s/n, 03202 Elche-Alicante, Spain. ' Department of Strategic Management and Business Environment, RSM Erasmus University, P.O. Box 1738, NL-3000 DR, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Abstract: Within the framework of institutional theory, we find significant differences in the level of perceived turbulence among different competitive environments. However, managers do not perceive marked differences as regards the |best practices| that give the organisation greater strategic flexibility. Probably, business schools homogenise the manager|s perception of practices.

Keywords: business environment; flexible practices; institutional theory; isomorphism; manager perceptions; best practice; turbulent environments; competitive environments; strategic flexibility.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2006.010126

International Journal of Business Environment, 2006 Vol.1 No.1, pp.5 - 23

Published online: 22 Jun 2006 *

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