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The firm as Darwin Machine: an evolutionary view of organizational knowledge and learning

Jan-Willem Stoelhorst
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ard Huizing
Univerisyt of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Abstract
This paper argues that an evolutionary view of learning provides an explanatory logic for knowledge-based and capabilities-based theories of the firm. The paper develops a rigorous treatment of organizational learning as an evolutionary process on the basis of the notion of ‘generalized Darwinism’ and its application to knowledge. A Darwinian view of organizational learning demonstrates the logical imperative of distinguishing between organizational knowledge and organizational capabilities, and of understanding organizational learning in terms of the interplay between them. Work by Nelson and Winter, Penrose, and Burgelman is reinterpreted in Darwinian terms and implications for the nature of organizational capabilities and the locus of organizational knowledge are derived.

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Reference:Stoelhorst, J.W., Huizing, A. (2006). "The firm as Darwin Machine: an evolutionary view of organizational knowledge and learning," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 6(15). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/6-15
Keywords:organizational knowledge, learning
Item Type:Article - Volume 6 Article 15 (2006)
Language:English
Email: Jan-Willem Stoelhorst (j.w.stoelhorst@uva.nl)
Ard Huizing (a.huizing@uva.nl)
Related Link(s):http://primavera.feb.uva.nl/scripts/abstract.php?id=222

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