The evolution of Darwinism in business studies

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The evolution of Darwinism in business studies

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dc.contributor.author Baskerville, Rachel F. en_GB
dc.contributor.department Victoria University of Wellington; now at University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-21T09:40:14Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:16:19Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-19T15:43:52Z
dc.date.issued 2006-07-04 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The current invocation of Darwin in accounting research is not matched to the earliest invocations of Darwinism in accounting and economics. The study has two objectives: firstly, to document the change from Darwinism meaning 'the scientific method' (as used by Veblen and Stamp) to Darwinism meaning "survival of the fittest". Secondly, to describe Lamarckism as the more correct descriptor of cultural evolution than Darwinism. Veblen and Stamp were not concerned with Lamarckian or Darwinian processes; "Darwinism" equated with a "scientific" method based on extensive observation of data and an appreciation of the merits of a qualitative approach. It is an objective of this paper to draw attention to the distinction between these two modus operandi, that the casual invocation of Darwinism rampant in research addressing issues in evolutionary economics and accounting might be lessened. Lamarckism deserves to be better recognized as providing the correct understanding of the evolutionary drivers to selective, purposive, adaptive, and deterministic evolution by our markets, institutions, or firms. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/36074 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher SSRN en_GB
dc.relation.url http://ssrn.com/abstract=1188876 en_GB
dc.subject Darwinism en_GB
dc.subject Lamarckism en_GB
dc.subject accounting en_GB
dc.subject research en_GB
dc.title The evolution of Darwinism in business studies en_GB
dc.type Working Paper en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-08-21T09:40:14Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:16:19Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-19T15:43:52Z
dc.description working paper en_GB


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