Darwinism and Organizational Ecology: A Reply to Reydon and Scholz

Denise E. Dollimore

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In an earlier article published in this journal I challenge Reydon and Scholz's (2009) claim that Organizational Ecology is a non-Darwinian program. In this replay to Reydon and Scholz's subsequent response, I clarify the difference between our two approaches denoted by an emphasis her on the careful application of core Darwinian principles and an insistence by Reydon and Scholz on direct biological analogies. On a substantive issue, they identify as being the principle problem for Organizational Ecology, namely, the inability to identify replicators and interactors "of the right sort" in the business domain; this is also shown to be easily addressed with reference to empirical studies of business populations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-382
Number of pages8
JournalPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Issue number3
Early online date10 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2014


  • generalized Darwinism
  • interactor
  • organizational ecology
  • population
  • replicator


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