Technological Exaptation: A Narrative Approach

Industrial and Corporate Change, Forthcoming

36 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2016

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Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Antonio Giuliani

IÉSEG School of Management; University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Managerial Studies

Date Written: January 10, 2016

Abstract

What do the feathers on a bird have in common with the glass in fiber optics? The answer lies in exaptation, a concept that has been creatively repurposed (i.e., exapted) from evolutionary biology to the field of technological innovation. Inspired by this movement, we examine different kinds of biological exaptations and draw analogical links to different kinds of technological exaptations. Going beyond mere analogies, we consider a narrative approach to inducing technological exaptations.

Keywords: narrative, exaptation, innovation, technology

JEL Classification: D90, O31, O32, O33, M14

Suggested Citation

Garud, Raghu and Gehman, Joel and Giuliani, Antonio, Technological Exaptation: A Narrative Approach (January 10, 2016). Industrial and Corporate Change, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2713447

Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

431 Business Bulding
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA 16803
United States

Joel Gehman (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
(780) 248-5855 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.joelgehman.com

Antonio Giuliani

IÉSEG School of Management ( email )

Socle de la Grande Arche
1 Parvis de la Defense
Puteaux, Paris 92800
France

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Managerial Studies ( email )

601 S. Morgan St. (M/C 243)
University Hall 2203
Chicago, IL 60607-7122
United States

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