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Do organizations really co-evolve?: Problematizing co-evolutionary change in management and organization studies
University of Rome Tor Vergata, School of Economics, Department of Management and Law, Rome, Italy.
Sheffield University Management School, Conduit Road, Sheffield, UK.
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (INTERORG Marketing Research Center)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9964-7717
2020 (English)In: Technological forecasting & social change, ISSN 0040-1625, E-ISSN 1873-5509, Vol. 155, article id 119964Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This conceptual article discusses and, from some aspects, also problematizes the state-of-the-art regarding co-evolutionary research in Management and Organization Studies (MOS). Analyzing 76 characteristic studies published since 2000, we address three simple, significant questions: What co-evolves? What causal relationships are considered? What are the theoretical processes? The motivation behind our contribution is twofold: on the one hand, the turn of the century witnessed the remarkable growth of inquiries which, at face value, have claimed to be “co-evolutionary”; but, on the other hand, specific analyses about where this fast-growing meta-theoretical perspective on social change is now, and where it could move towards in the future, are still missing in MOS. Our study reveals increasing heterogeneity in defining what co-evolves and the associated causal relationships. It also reveals the prevailing scarcity in explaining what processes substantially characterize co-evolution in MOS. With a view to shaping the future direction of research in this area, we propose four core principles that theoretically set the co-evolutionary project apart. 

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Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 155, article id 119964
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Adaptation, Change, Co-evolution, Conceptual, Management, Organization, Societies and institutions, Technological forecasting, Causal relationships, Co-evolutionary, Organization studies, State of the art
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-80769DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2020.119964ISI: 000528313800022Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081167521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-80769DiVA, id: diva2:1416763
Available from: 2020-03-25 Created: 2020-03-25 Last updated: 2020-05-18Bibliographically approved

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