Darwinism, Probability and Complexity: Market-Based Organizational Transformation and Change Explained Through the Theories of Evolution

25 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2003

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Tanya Sammut-Bonnici

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School; University of Malta

Robin Wensley

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Abstract

The study of transformation and change is one of the most important areas of social science research. This paper synthesizes and critically reviews the emerging traditions in the study of change dynamics. Three mainstream theories of evolution are introduced to explain change: the Darwinian concept of survival of the fittest, the Probability model and the Complexity approach. The literature review provides a basis for development of research questions that search for a more comprehensive understanding of organizational change. The paper concludes by arguing for the development of a complementary research tradition, which combines an evolutionary and organizational analysis of transformation and change.

Suggested Citation

Sammut-Bonnici, Tanya and Wensley, Robin, Darwinism, Probability and Complexity: Market-Based Organizational Transformation and Change Explained Through the Theories of Evolution. International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 4, pp. 291-315, September 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=347147

Tanya Sammut-Bonnici

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

University of Malta ( email )

Malta

HOME PAGE: http://staff.um.edu.mt/tsam1/

Robin Wensley (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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