We are delighted to invite you to our forthcoming event in the Bocconi Assembly for Innovation and Cooperation (BAIC) Webinar Series:
Evolutionary Processes and Organizational Adaptation: A Mendelian Perspective on Strategic Management
Thursday 24th June at 5pm-6pm (CEST)/11am-midday (EDT)
Speaker: Dan Levinthal, Reginald H. Jones Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Abstract: A "Mendelian" executive is proposed as an image of strategy making that lies intermediate between the grand strategist suggested by rational choice approaches and a Darwinian process of random variation and market-based differential selection. The Mendelian executive is capable of intentional design efforts in order to explore possible adjacent strategic spaces, with path-dependence both constraining and enabling what is possible. Furthermore, the argument developed here highlights the role of intentionality with respect to selection processes within the organization, the culling and amplification of strategic initiatives. The firm is viewed as operating an "artificial selection" environment in contrast to selection as the direct consequence of the outcome of competitive processes. Examining the nature of the processes generating these experimental variants and the bases of internal selection, and how these selection criteria may themselves change, is argued to be central to understanding the challenge of organizational adaptation in dynamic environments.
Further information about this event is available on the BAIC series web page. To receive the link to attend this webinar, please register here.
We hope you can join us for this and the final event in this series with Caroline Flammer. Full details are available on the website.
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