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A coevolutionary analysis of organisational systems and processes : quantitative applications to information system dynamics in small entrepreneurial firms

Reid, Gavin and Smith, Julia A. (2009) A coevolutionary analysis of organisational systems and processes : quantitative applications to information system dynamics in small entrepreneurial firms. Critical Perspectives On Accounting, 20 (6). pp. 762-781. ISSN 1045-2354

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Abstract

We present a quantitative, dynamic analysis of coevolution in the new firm. Organisation is treated as a process, rather than a state, involving the simultaneous evolution of interacting systems within, and between, small firms and their environment. Our quantitative analysis uses primary source, time-elapsed data, obtained by face-to-face interviews with entrepreneurs. We found a link between performance and microevolutionary experience. High performers were more innovative, more radical 'change makers', more willing to 'wait and see', and more willing to use 'soft' technologies than low performers.