Does Darwin Belong in Business? The Danger and Comfort of the Evolutionary Metaphor
Victoria University, Wellington, NZ, Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research Working Paper No. 44
10 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2008 Last revised: 2 Oct 2008
Date Written: 2007
The metaphor of Darwinism has been extensively researched and analysed in other research disciplines. The usage of the biological metaphor of Darwinism in IT related headlines is documented and reviewed. The use of the Darwinian metaphor in business studies has changed from its usage by Veblen and Stamp as a descriptor for the scientific method. More recently its meaning has been transformed to synonymy with the struggle for existence. The use of this metaphor in IT carries with it a reassurance, which can endanger consumer requirements for performance and accountability.
Keywords: Metaphor, Darwinism, IT survival of the fittest, Veblen, Stamp
JEL Classification: M50
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