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Strong in the morning, dead in the evening: a genealogical and contextual perspective on organizational selection

Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic

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A key component of evolutionary models in economics and organizational research, the notion of organizational selection is rarely the object of inquiry. It generally suggests instead a neutral and unquestioned process, a mechanism explaining organizational success and survival. In this chapter, we explore the variation of selection; we problematize the notion of selection and do an exercise in conceptual genealogy. We differentiate between three patterns of firm selection: Darwinian, strategic, and institutional and define the associated ¿embedded rationalities¿ that buttress those different selection patterns. We illustrate how selection differed and evolved through time by exploring two empirical cases ¿ France and the United States. Building upon our empirical exploration, we stress some important contributions for three theories familiar to strategy scholars ¿ resource-based view, population ecology, and institutional theory. We also point to some consequences for empirical research and suggest new directions for future work on the dynamics of organizational action.

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hal-00575591 , version 1 (10-03-2011)

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Rodolphe Durand, Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic. Strong in the morning, dead in the evening: a genealogical and contextual perspective on organizational selection. Professor Joel Baum (ed.). The Globalization of Strategy Research (Advances in Strategic Management, Volume 27), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 279-312, 2010, ⟨10.1108/S0742-3322(2010)0000027013⟩. ⟨hal-00575591⟩

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