An autecological interpretation of the firm and its environment

Jones, Colin (2016) An autecological interpretation of the firm and its environment. Journal of Management and Governance, 20(1), pp. 69-87.

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Explaining the survival and failure of firms is an important issue for researchers and managers of firms in society. Ecological approaches to the study of firms have existed for over 100 years, and have been increasingly popular during the past 40 years, especially since the pioneering works of Hannan and Freeman on one hand, and Aldrich on the other. This paper, in keeping with recent developments elsewhere in mainstream ecology outlines and positions the theoretical and philosophical foundations of an alternative ecological approach, autecology, that has not yet been formulated for the study of firms. The autecological approach affords the individual firm more autonomy in creating its own future evolutionary trajectory. The idea of an ecological complex is developed to provide clear focus on what is central to the application of autecology to the study of firms. The paper also considers several emergent research opportunities that highlight the potential value of employing an autecological approach to the study of firms.

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ID Code: 92940
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Autecology, Operational Environment, Ecological Complex, Environmental Modification
DOI: 10.1007/s10997-014-9306-9
ISSN: 1572-963X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisation and Management Theory (150310)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2016 03:01
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2016 00:22

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