3) " Creative Destruction or Mimetic Isomorphism? Examining Hot Stove Strategies in 2013-2014 ." Social scientists ranging from Joseph Schumpeter to Kenneth Waltz have argued that failing actors will copy the winning strategies of successful actors. Sociological institutionalists like John Meyer, however, would argue that these strategies are copied in form rather than content. The dominant narrative of the Red Sox success was "dumping high-priced free agents and signing mid-level ‘character guys’ to short-term deals." This is pretty much the opposite of, say, the 2008 New York Yankees strategy that enabled them to win the 2009 World Series and lash themselves to Alex Rodriguez for the rest of this decade . We’re already seeing dubious essays about how investors can use the Red Sox strategy to make more money. Will the 2013/14 off-season show genuine adaptation by baseball GMs — or merely superficial adaptation. An excellent crucial case: whether Willie Bloomquist is in high demand.