Life Cycles of Individual Associations

  • Dan Sundblom
  • David H. Smith
  • Per Selle
  • Christophe Dansac
  • Courtney Jensen


This chapter studies the individual life cycles of specific Membership Associations (MAs) as units of analysis, not the collective life cycles of MAs, as prevalence rates across territories as units of analysis (Handbook Chapter 50). Life cycles of MAs are seen as usual or average patterns of origins/formation, growth, stability, merger, decline, and demise/dissolution/exit of specific MAs as organizations. As the spectrum of MAs is very broad, so also their life cycles can vary markedly. Not all MAs follow the average life-cycle patterns mentioned in this chapter, and not all stages may exist for a given MA. Research suggests that many MAs typically develop in the manner described here, although a specific MA may be at any stage of the usual life cycle at present.


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  • Dan Sundblom
    • 1
  • David H. Smith
    • 2
  • Per Selle
    • 3
  • Christophe Dansac
    • 4
  • Courtney Jensen
    • 5
  1. 1.Finland
  2. 2.USA
  3. 3.Norway
  4. 4.France
  5. 5.USA

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