The Tangled Nature Model for Organizational Ecology

31 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2015

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Rudy Arthur

CP3 Origins

Arwen Nicholson

FKF

Paolo Sibani

University of Southern Denmark

Michael Christensen

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Marketing & Management - Strategic Organization Design Unit (SOD)

Date Written: June 28, 2015

Abstract

The Tangled Nature Model, a biologically inspired model of evolutionary ecology, is described, simulated and analyzed to show its applicability in organization science and organizational ecology, both as a conceptual framework and as a tool for qualitative prediction about real organizations. We find that a symbiotic group of core organizations is generated, with the core disrupted at random by parasitic interactions causing sudden core rearrangements. This core is a spontaneously generated mesoscopic level of structure between the individual and whole system level. As a simple application of the model, we study the adaptation of organizations to changes in resource availability in terms of population size, population diversity, and ecological efficiency. We find evidence that a temporary reduction in resources forces a consolidation resulting in a sustained increase in overall efficiency, suggesting that such reductions can be applied strategically to drive incremental improvements.

Keywords: Organizational Ecology, Co-Evolution, Multi-Level Modeling, Organizational Adaptation

Suggested Citation

Arthur, Rudy and Nicholson, Arwen and Sibani, Paolo and Christensen, Michael, The Tangled Nature Model for Organizational Ecology (June 28, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2623536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2623536

Rudy Arthur (Contact Author)

CP3 Origins ( email )

Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense, 5000
Denmark

Arwen Nicholson

FKF ( email )

Denmark

Paolo Sibani

University of Southern Denmark ( email )

Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense, 5000
Denmark

Michael Christensen

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Marketing & Management - Strategic Organization Design Unit (SOD) ( email )

Campusvej 55
Odense, DK-5230 M
Denmark

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