End date: 2005-11-29
Tue 16-18 Lecture Hall 1023+1024
Individual Assignments, Market Validation
TU-91.2018 Industry Evolution,
5 credits, Fall Term 2005
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
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.
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
TU-91.131. No prerequisites for
In the context of lectures and via
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.
- Introduction (27.09.2005): a)
What is evolution and what does it matter in
strategic management, b) Course instructions
- Evolutionary and ecological
- Business in society: co-evolution
and institutional strategy (11.10.2005)
- Industry evolution and managerial
- Empirical research in industry
evolution; methods and exemplary studies
- Wrap-up of assignments 1
- Wrap-up of assignments 2
For each lecture, participants
should read the given readings. The readings are
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
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,
Hannan, M., and J. Freeman, 1984.
"Structural inertia and organizational change",
American Sociological Review, vol. 49, pp.
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,
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
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
Murmann, J.P. and Frenken, K.
(2005). "Toward a Systematic Framework for
Research on Dominant Designs, Technological
Innovations, and Industrial Change". Working
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
Holm, Petter (1995). "The Dynamics
of Institutionalization: Transformation
Processes in Norwegian Fisheries".
Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 40, No.
3, pp 398-422.
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