Heterogeneity, Turnover, and the Dynamics of Organizational Demography
by James A. Kitts
This paper applies the most basic model of formal demography to the dynamics of organizational membership. Mathematical models and computer simulations investigate the organization-level implications of first principles in the dynamics of members’ affiliation choices. Building on the assumption that members are heterogeneous in their propensities to exit, consequences are formally derived for membership turnover, growth in membership, and accumulation of experience among members. Implications and extensions are discussed for organizational learning, senescence, and obsolescence.
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