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Strong in the Morning, Dead in the Evening: A Genealogical and Contextual Perspective on Organizational Selection

Abstract : A key component of evolutionary models in economics and organizational research, the notion of organizational selection is rarely the object of inquiry. It generally suggests instead a neutral and unquestioned process, a mechanism explaining organizational success and survival. In this chapter, we explore the variation of selection; we problematize the notion of selection and do an exercise in conceptual genealogy. We differentiate between three patterns of firm selection: Darwinian, strategic, and institutional and define the associated “embedded rationalities” that buttress those different selection patterns. We illustrate how selection differed and evolved through time by exploring two empirical cases – France and the United States. Building upon our empirical exploration, we stress some important contributions for three theories familiar to strategy scholars – resource-based view, population ecology, and institutional theory. We also point to some consequences for empirical research and suggest new directions for future work on the dynamics of organizational action.
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Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic, Rodolphe Durand. Strong in the Morning, Dead in the Evening: A Genealogical and Contextual Perspective on Organizational Selection. Joel Baum; Joseph Lampel. The Globalization of Strategy Research, Emerald Group Publishing, pp.279 - 312, 2010, 9781849508988. ⟨hal-01891973⟩

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