InterJournal Complex Systems, 271
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [271]
Submission Date: 990129
Revised On: 810
Harnessing Evolution for Organizational Management
Author(s): Jody House

Subject(s): CX.43, CX.19

Category: Brief Article


Synopsis. Organizations are too complex to "solve". Consequently, corporate improvement programs are as likely to be deleterious as beneficial. Evolutionary mechanisms offer an alternative approach to organizational improvement. Organizational policies correspond to biological genes; policy innovation corresponds to genetic mutation; and learning corresponds to genetic recombination. These correspondences form a foundation for creating mechanisms that will foster more rapid organizational evolution in the direction managers desire. Computer simulation offers a laboratory environment for exploring issues in organizational evolution including learning drift, hierarchy, and team learning.

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