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The Application of Population Ecology Models to the Study of Organizations

John Betton and Gregory G. Dess
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 10, No. 4 (Oct., 1985), pp. 750-757
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/258043
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

Recent literature attempting to explain organization dynamics through ecological processes raises some important questions. An evaluation of the empirical work using population ecology models to explain selection processes operating on organizations reveals three issues suggesting pitfalls in applying the models: the role of structural inertia in constraining adaptation, the classification of organizational species, and the importance of the environment in determining organizational survival.

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