Strategy, Action, Perception and Performance: An Evolutionary Learning Perspective on Organizations

Revised version of paper for British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2005, Said Business School, Oxford.

26 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2010 Last revised: 29 Apr 2010

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Carl Henning Reschke

Institute for Management Research Cologne

Date Written: March 14, 2005

Abstract

The paper develops the argument that strategizing can be seen as element of a process of social evolution. The argument is based on a model of systemic evolution that considers the learning process of actors (cp. Reschke 2005, Reschke and Kraus 2005). After introducing a view on strategy, which combines strategy as practice and Mintzberg’s emergent strategy view, I discuss theoretical perspectives from economics, evolutionary biology and psychology in section two. In the third section I build a link between micro- and macro-levels of social systems based on an evolutionary conception of organizational change. It is argued that Mintzberg’s argument for emergent strategy can be operationalized using a measure proposed by Goertzel. This is followed by a discussion of organizational development as evolutionary competitive process. The paper then links theoretically the strategy-as-practice perspective via Goertzel’definition of emergence and the evolution model to organizational performance outcomes.

Keywords: strategy, evolution, social evolution, performance, personal construct theory, mental representation

Suggested Citation

Reschke, Carl Henning, Strategy, Action, Perception and Performance: An Evolutionary Learning Perspective on Organizations (March 14, 2005). Revised version of paper for British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2005, Said Business School, Oxford. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1570642 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1570642

Carl Henning Reschke (Contact Author)

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Cologne, 50678
Germany

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