Socially distributed cognition and intra-organizational bandwagon: Theoretical framework, model, and simulation

Davide Secchi (Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour, Bournemouth University)
Emanuele Bardone (Institute of Informatics, Tallinn University)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Publication date: 1 March 2013

Abstract

Bandwagon refers to the adoption of popular ideas, thoughts, or practices. Although the inter-organizational (macro) dynamics of the phenomenon have been widely studied, its intra-organizational (micro) aspects have received limited attention. The paper presents a theoretical framework and a model that address intra-organizational aspects of bandwagon drawing on distributed cognition, social relationships, and other elements of the organizational structure such as culture and defensive routines. The analysis of simulated data from the model suggests that the phenomenon is likely to decrease with highly informal culture, promotion of advice taking and giving, low levels of distrust, strong social ties, and minimal defensive routines.

Citation

Secchi, D. and Bardone, E. (2013), "Socially distributed cognition and intra-organizational bandwagon: Theoretical framework, model, and simulation", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 521-572. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOTB-16-04-2013-B004

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