Evolutionary learning: the significance for business organisation and strategy

Evolutionary learning: the significance for business organisation and strategy
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Working Paper
Matthews, Robin; Piranfar, Hosein; Tlemsani, Issam
Kingston University Business School
Date of publication
1 October 2003
Kingston Business School Occasional Papers
People management: all aspects of managing people, Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Business and management
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The purpose of this working paper is to provide a bridge between the literatures of evolutionary and organisational learning (Astley and Van de Van, 1983; Shrivastava, 1983; Huber, 1991; Easterby-Smith, 1997). Although there are substantial parallels between the two literatures, as yet there is no adequate account of evolutionary aspects of organisational learning. This paper is divided into two sections, the first section examines various aspects of the evolutionary outlook. It includes a sketch of important concepts relevant to evolutionary learning, it also outlines the application of these concepts in the literature on the evolution of organisations. The second section examines specific processes of evolutionary learning in organisations.

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