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The Evolution of IT Innovations in Swedish Organizations: a Darwinian critique of ‘Lamarckian’ institutional economics
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Political Science.
2007 (English)In: Journal of evolutionary economics, ISSN 0936-9937, E-ISSN 1432-1386, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fundamental correspondence and analogies between the evolution of technological and biological innovations call for an ‘innovation Darwinian’, ‘universal Darwinian’ or ‘memetic’ approach to understanding technology innovation. Neo-institutional, in fact pseudo-Lamarckian evolutionary economic theory, represented by North, Nelson and Winter, Freeman and others, is criticized. Pseudo-Lamarckian (“by volition”) evolution is explained and analyzed on Darwinian grounds (as intentional and artificial selection), as is Schumpeter’s definitions of creative and imitative innovation. Data from a web survey among Swedish public and private organizations in 1999 are studied. Data show that Darwinian co-evolutionary interaction between producers and users or clients provide essential conditions and stronger influence on creative IT innovations than both ‘Lamarckian’ strategies and competition.

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Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer , 2007. Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-23
Keywords [en]
Information technologies, Meme, Evolutionary economics, Institutions, Darwinism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6799DOI: 10.1007/s00191-006-0029-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-6799DiVA, id: diva2:117374
Available from: 2008-11-12 Created: 2008-11-12 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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