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From Dynamic Capabilities to Dynamic Organizations: The Internal Ecology of Organizational Evolution
 

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From Dynamic Capabilities to Dynamic Organizations: The
Internal Ecology of Organizational Evolution
Daniel A. Levinthal* and Alessandro Marino*
December 2010
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The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Locust Walk, Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall,
Philadelphia, PA 19104. We thank seminar participants at the John Freeman Memorial Conference at
Berkeley, Insead, University of Southern Denmark, Consortium for Competitiveness and Cooperation
(CCC) Colloquium at Michigan, and the 2010 Academy of Management for comments on a prior draft.
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From Dynamic Capabilities to Dynamic Organizations: The Internal Ecology of
Organizational Evolution
Abstract
Evolutionary accounts of change need to incorporate the bases of processes of variation,
selection, and retention. While we have rich and powerful conceptions of these processes
at the population level, change at the organizational level has not generally been
developed in this manner. We develop and explore a structure that provides a minimalist
representation of the internal ecology of organizations with particular attention to the
selectability and value of a possible "plasticity" trait or gene. In so doing, we are able to

  

Source: Anisimov, Mikhail - Institute for Physical Science and Technology & Department of Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park

 

Collections: Physics; Materials Science