An Agent‐Based Model of Exaptive Processes

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Marco Villani

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Stefano Bonacini

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Davide Ferrari

University of Melbourne

Roberto Serra

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David Lane

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Date Written: Winter 2007

Abstract

A key problem in research on innovations is that of understanding their origins. In this paper, we propose that radical innovations are created by a process of ‘exaptation’, and we introduce a dynamical model that describes how it may happen. In particular, our model is focussed on the interplay between artefact innovation and attributions of functionality. We propose that the explicit representation of artefacts and categories eases the understanding of the exaptation phenomenon, seen in this context as a shift in terms of ‘leading attributions’ and allows the identification of the elements favouring the emergence of innovations.

Keywords: innovation, agent‐based model, exaptation, cognitive representation

Suggested Citation

Villani, Marco and Bonacini, Stefano and Ferrari, Davide and Serra, Roberto and Lane, David, An Agent‐Based Model of Exaptive Processes (Winter 2007). European Management Review, Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 141-151, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1947730 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.emr.1500085

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Stefano Bonacini

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Davide Ferrari

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Roberto Serra

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David Lane

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