Review of James G. March, Martin Schulz, and Xueguang Zhou, The Dynamics of Rules: Change in Written Organizational Codes
Social Forces, Vol. 79, No. 4. (Jun., 2001), pp. 1521-1523
3 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2014
Date Written: 2001
Howard Aldrich's tour de force illustrates the potential of the evolutionary approach to explain change within organizations, within sectors, and across sectors. His 1979 Organizations and Environments set the stage for this new piece, but Organizations Evolving represents a major leap forward, a stunning synthesis of the major organizational paradigms under the umbrella of evolutionary theory. Coming at a time when the cacophony of paradigms is becoming deafening, to the point where Aldrich's one-time collaborator Jeffrey Pfeffer has called for a detente and a rallying around one paradigm (a la economics), Aldrich's new book is a breath of fresh air.
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