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

Gavin Reid, Julia A. Smith

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-781
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Perspectives On Accounting
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • coevolution
  • accounting information system
  • AIS
  • small firms
  • performance
  • organisational form
  • innovation
  • ‘soft’ technology

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