Scaffolding in Economics, Management, and the Design of Technologies

36 Pages Posted: 22 May 2012

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Johann Peter Murmann

University of St. Gallen; UNSW Australia Business School - AGSM

Date Written: May 21, 2012


The goal of this paper is to review the ideas that have been developed to describe the emergence and change of structures in three fields: Economics, Management, and Design of Technologies. The paper focuses on one empirical setting, the economy, and more specifically how firms, industries, and technologies change over time. Today’s industrialized economies are very different from the economies before the industrial revolution. The paper presents key theoretical ideas from evolutionary economics, management, and technology that try to explain why and how economy has been so dramatically transformed over the past 400 years.

Keywords: evolutionary theory, birth and death of organizations, technological evolution, economic history

JEL Classification: L2, M1, N00, O30

Suggested Citation

Murmann, Johann Peter, Scaffolding in Economics, Management, and the Design of Technologies (May 21, 2012). UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2012 STRE 01, Available at SSRN:

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