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The evolution of IT innovations in Swedish organizations: a Darwinian critique of 'Lamarckian' institutional economics
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Center for Social Analysis (CESAM), Centre for Studies of Political Science, Communication and Media (CPKM).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9495-3571
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: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2007. Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-23
Keywords [en]
Information technologies, Meme, Evolutionary economics, Institutions, Darwinism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1510DOI: 10.1007/s00191-006-0029-1ISI: 000243464700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33846362188Local ID: 2082/1890OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-1510DiVA, id: diva2:238728
Available from: 2008-06-11 Created: 2008-06-11 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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