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The Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior$
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Stephen M. Colarelli and Richard D. Arvey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226127156

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226127293.001.0001

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Biology, Evolution, and Organizations:

Biology, Evolution, and Organizations:

Promises and Challenges in Building the Foundations

(p.311) Twelve Biology, Evolution, and Organizations
The Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior

Glenn R. Carroll

Kieran O’Connor

University of Chicago Press

This concluding chapter provides a synthetic review of the research program on biology and organizational behavior laid out in the book. Taking a broad view, the chapter suggests that the book reflects two main themes that contain unique and somewhat separate sets of issues for organization studies, a first theme that focuses primarily on the organic basis of behavior including genes, and a second theme that explicitly brings evolution and evolutionary processes into the picture. Although these two themes can be discussed in relative isolation because they each raise important unique issues and challenges to behavioral researchers, the chapter also considers the two themes jointly and simultaneously. Doing so is important because the promise of combining the two approaches makes this “biological foundations” project unique and potentially path-breaking. But the combination also makes the project extremely challenging and perhaps daunting for reasons articulated in the chapter.

Keywords:   biological foundations, organic, evolution, evolutionary processes, research program, organization studies

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