Coevolutionary Competence in the Realm of Corporate Longevity: How Long-Lived Firms Strategically Renew Themselves
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
H. W. Volberda
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
19 2007, 11
ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-076-STR
Understanding the phenomena of corporate longevity and self-renewing organizations has become an important topic in recent management literature. However, the majority of the research contributions focus on internal determinants of longevity and self-renewal. Using a co-evolutionary framework, the purpose of this paper is to address the dynamic interaction between organizations and environments in the realm of sustained strategic renewal, i.e. corporate longevity. To this end, we will focus on the competence of long-lived firms to coevolve due to the joint effect of managerial intentionality and environmental selection pressures. Building on coevolutionary framework, we develop a conceptual framework that highlights an organization’s coevolutionary competence. Two longitudinal case studies are presented illustrating the arguments.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: competence-based management, coevolutionary competence, corporate longevity, strategic renewal, adaptive open systems
JEL Classification: D21, L20, M, L1
Date posted: December 10, 2007
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