Cross-unit competition for a market charter: The enduring influence of structure

Mark B. Houston, Beth A. Walker, Michael D. Hutt, Peter H. Reingen

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Marketing strategists who operate in turbulent markets face a competitive landscape marked by volatility and evolving market structure. As customer requirements change, an organization that stays in alignment with its market will form new business units or alter the market charters of existing business units. In a longitudinal study, the author traced the structural realignment that accompanied a Fortune-500 firm's entry into the Internet market. As the charter moved from a freshly created unit to an established business unit, the authors found supports for the prediction that the former organizational structure will continue to shape the identity, beliefs, and social ties of managers. The study highlights the structural, social, and cognitive factors that must be managed as corporate decision makers search for the best strategy-structure fit for an emerging market opportunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marketing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing


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