Organization, Evolution, Cognition and Dynamic Capabilities
AbstractUsing insights from 'embodied cognition' and a resulting 'cognitive theory of the firm', I aim to contribute to the further development of evolutionary theory of organizations, in the specification of organizations as 'interactors' that carry organizational competencies as 'replicators', within industries as 'populations'.Especially, I analyze how, if at all, 'dynamic capabilities' can be fitted into evolutionary theory.I propose that the prime purpose of an organization is to serve as a cognitive 'focusing device'.Here, cognition has a wide meaning, including perception, interpretation, sense making, and value judgements.I analyse how this yields organizations as cohesive wholes, and differences within and between industries.I propose the following sources of variation: replication in communication, novel combinations of existing knowledge, and a path of discovery by which exploitation leads to exploration. These yield a proposal for dynamic capabilities.I discuss in what sense, and to what extent these sources of variation are 'blind' , as postulated in evolutionary theory.
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organization; evolution; cognition; dynamic capabilities; learning; invention;
Other versions of this item:
- Bart Nooteboom, 2007. "Organization, Evolution, Cognition and Dynamic Capabilities," The IUP Journal of Managerial Economics, IUP Publications, vol. 0(4), pages 31-55, November.
- Nooteboom, B., 2007. "Organization, Evolution, Cognition and Dynamic Capabilities," Discussion Paper 2007-2, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
- D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
- L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-05-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-EVO-2006-05-27 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-HPE-2006-05-27 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
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