Why organizational ecology is not a Darwinian research program

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dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15488/3060
dc.identifier.uri http://www.repo.uni-hannover.de/handle/123456789/3090
dc.contributor.author Reydon, Thomas A.C.
dc.contributor.author Scholz, Markus
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-01T14:03:52Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-01T14:03:52Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Reydon, T.A.C.; Scholz, M.: Why organizational ecology is not a Darwinian research program. In: Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (2009), Nr. 3, S. 408-439. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0048393108325331
dc.description.abstract Organizational ecology is commonly seen as a Darwinian research program that seeks to explain the diversity of organizational structures, properties and behaviors as the product of selection in past social environments in a similar manner as evolutionary biology seeks to explain the forms, properties and behaviors of organisms as consequences of selection in past natural environments. We argue that this explanatory strategy does not succeed because organizational ecology theory lacks an evolutionary mechanism that could be identified as the principal cause of organizational diversity. The "evolution" of organizational populations by means of selection, which organizational ecologists put forward as the mechanism responsible for the extant diversity of organizational forms, is not evolution in any proper sense, because organizational populations do not have what it takes to participate in evolutionary processes. This implies that organizational ecology is not a Darwinian research program and that it cannot explain organizational diversity. © 2009 SAGE Publications. eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher London : SAGE Publications Ltd.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (2009), Nr. 3
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dc.subject Darwinism eng
dc.subject Evolution eng
dc.subject Organization theory eng
dc.subject Organizational ecology eng
dc.subject Organizational systematics eng
dc.subject Population ecology of organizations eng
dc.subject.ddc 300 | Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Anthropologie ger
dc.title Why organizational ecology is not a Darwinian research program eng
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.issn 0048-3931
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/0048393108325331
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue 3
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 39
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage 408
dc.bibliographicCitation.lastPage 439
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