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The Origin of Organizational Species

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  • Ugo Pagano

The paper argues that some of the limitations and problems examined by Darwin and modern biologists in relation to the working of natural selection in the case of speciation may be one aspect of more general rules which have some counterpart in the competitive selection of organisational species in capitalist economic development. In biology the laws of structure and change that characterise the selection among species are very different from those that characterise the selection of the member of the same species. These ideas are applied to understanding the "Second Industrial Revolution" and the development of the new species of "managerial capitalism" in the United States and Germany, in contrast to Britain, whose firms and entrepreneurs failed to keep pace with organisational change.

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Paper provided by Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge in its series Working Papers with number wp118.

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Date of creation: Mar 1999
Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp118
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