An Autecological Theory of the Firm and its Environment
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An Autecological Theory of the Firm and its Environment

Colin Jones and Gimme Walter

The process of firm-level adaptation and survival have historically been of great interest to researchers of firms. However, these researchers have previously been denied an ecological framework within which to study the processes through which individual firms respond to and indeed, modify their individual environments. This book remedies this situation, providing the first comprehensive introduction to organisational autecology, or, the study of individual firms and the environments they interact with and typically modify to ensure their survival. In addition to establishing the theoretical and philosophical foundations of organisational autecology, the empirical application of this new approach is demonstrated and its future application to the domain of organisational studies is contemplated.
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Chapter 6: Methodological issues

Colin Jones and Gimme Walter


The firms we seek to study autecologically are assumed to face problems, that while often similar in nature, occur at different times during their development, have potentially differing consequences, and may be solved through different means. The nature of such problem solving is of primary interest to us. Given the diversity of problems and opportunities firms deal with on a daily basis, we argue that it is logical that a great deal of variation will accumulate within various industry contexts over time. That variation, if not consistently and uniformly selected for and against, will result in diversity of firm structures, form and/or behaviour.

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