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Time and location Start date: 2005-09-27
End date: 2005-11-29
Lectures: Tue 16-18 Lecture Hall 1023+1024
Teacher Lamberg Juha-Antti
Assistants Ahola Anna
Schedule SL
Passing Requirements Participation, Individual Assignments, Market Validation Report
Credits 5 cr

TU-91.2018 Industry Evolution, 5 credits, Fall Term 2005


Course Objectives

Key dilemma in strategic management and in organization studies is to understand how and why industries evolve and develop as they do. In strategy and organization research different evolutionary perspectives have received accumulating attention during the last decades. The aim of this course is to offer insights and frameworks to analyze and understand such issues as survival, industry evolution, dethronement processes and competitive dynamics in general. Understanding these issues is crucial for the top-management of any firm and for the industry analysis.

Course Organization

The course consist a combination of lectures or seminars (10 hours) and a course assignment (6 hours).

The course is open for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Grading Policy

Grade will be based on active participation (15%), learning diary (15%), the conduction and presentation of the course assignment (60%) and the discussant role in the wrap-up sessions (10%).

Full lecture attendance is not mandatory. You can also earn your participation points by writing a summary of the articles given for the lecture (5 pages, line spacing 2, font size 12).


TU-91.131. No prerequisites for postgraduate students


In the context of lectures and via email.


Assignments are to be conducted in small groups (2-3 students). Individual assignments are possible if they are closely related to your research interests, such as your dissertation topic. The core idea is to concentrate on some specific theoretical perspective by analyzing the industry and competitive dynamics of specific industries and firms from a longitudinal perspective. The assignment will include independent data gathering and analysis, writing a structured paper that follows a format of a scientific article and to present the main findings in the wrap-up sessions. More detailed instructions will be provided during the first lectures.

Lecture Topics:

  1. Introduction (27.09.2005): a) What is evolution and what does it matter in strategic management, b) Course instructions
  2. Evolutionary and ecological strategy (4.10.2005)
  3. Business in society: co-evolution and institutional strategy (11.10.2005)
  4. Industry evolution and managerial cognition (18.10.2005)
  5. Empirical research in industry evolution; methods and exemplary studies (1.11.2005)
  6. Wrap-up of assignments 1 (22.11.2005) CANCELLED!
  7. Wrap-up of assignments 2 (29.11.2005) 16-20

Lecture Material:

For each lecture, participants should read the given readings. The readings are listed below.

Course materials are available at the department library. Ask the librarian for the Industry Evolution folder. Please do not remove this material from the library.


Nelson, Richard R. (1995) "Recent Evolutionary Theorizing About Economic Change." Journal of Economic Literature Vol. 33, No. 1 (March), 48-90.

Campbell, D. T. (1969). "Variation and Selective Retention in Socio-Cultural Evolution." General Systems 14: 69-85.


Hannan, M. T., and J. Freeman, 1977. "The population ecology of organizations", American Journal of Sociology, vol. 82, no. 5, pp. 929-964.

Hannan, M., and J. Freeman, 1984. "Structural inertia and organizational change", American Sociological Review, vol. 49, pp. 149-164.

Murmann, J. P., H. E. Aldrich, D. Levinthal, and S. G. Winter, 2003. "Evolutionary thought in management and organization theory at the beginning of the new millennium: A symposium on the state of the art and opportunities for future research", Journal of Management Inquiry, vol.12, no. 1, pp. 22-40.


Murmann, J. P., 2003. Knowledge and Competitive Advantage: The Coevolution of Firms, Technology, and National Institutions, Cambridge University Press. Chapters 1 and 5.

North, Douglas C. (1985). Transaction Costs in History. Journal of European Economic History. Vol 14., No. 3, Winter 1985

Lamberg, Juha-Antti and Juha Laurila (2005). Materializing the Societal Effect: Organizational Forms in the Change of Paper Industry Dominance. Organization Studies 26:12. (forthcoming in December 2005).


Burgelman, R. (1994). "Fading Memories: A Process Theory of Strategic Business Exit in Dynamic Environments". Administrative Science Quarterly 39: 24-56.

Siggelkow, Nicolaj (2001). "Change in the Presence of Fit: The Rise, the Fall, and the Renaissance of Liz Claiborne". Academy of Management Journal 44/4: 838-857.

Henrikki Tikkanen, Juha-Antti Lamberg, Petri Parvinen and Juha-Pekka Kallunki (2005). "Managerial Cognition, Action and the Business Model of the Firm". Management Decision 43:6. 789-809.


Klepper, Steven (2002). "Firm survival and the evolution of oligopoly". Rand Journal of Economics, Vol.33, No. 1, pp.37-61.

Klepper, Steven (2005). "Industry Life Cycles and Market Dominance". Working paper.

Murmann, J.P. and Frenken, K. (2005). "Toward a Systematic Framework for Research on Dominant Designs, Technological Innovations, and Industrial Change". Working paper.

Ichniowski, Casey and Shaw, Kathryn. (1999). "The Effects of Human Resource Management Systems on Economic Performance: An International Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Plants". Management Science, Vol. 45, No. 5, pp 704-721.

Holm, Petter (1995). "The Dynamics of Institutionalization: Transformation Processes in Norwegian Fisheries". Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp 398-422.



Enrollment in the first lectures. Or if difficult, send mail to assistant: (name, email, student number)

Deadline for assignments 23.11.

Only one wrap-up session, 29.11, 16-20.


27.09.2005 (PPT)

04.10.2005 (PPT)

11.10.2005 Murmann (PPT)

11.10.2005 Lamberg (PPT)

18.10.2005 (PPT)

01.11.2005 (PPT)


Diary instructions (RTF)

Assignment instructions (PPT)

Assignment for lecture 5 (PPT)


Evolutionary theories in social sciences

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