Organizational Genetics

We study how man-made artifacts – routines, technologies, and information – evolve dynamically over time and space. We try to understand the complexity of such evolutions by understanding the basic building blocks, akin to DNA sequences that biologists study, and how those building blocks mutate and interact with each other.

Our interdisciplinary group generates and analyzes sequences of activities in organizational routines, design components in technology, and narrative fragments in information.   We then apply advanced socio-technical sequencing, network analysis and phylogenetic analysis techniques to understand their evolutionary dynamics. These techniques are based on technologies adopted from both genetics, evolutionary biology and systems biology.

Our research is part of ongoing funding from the National Science Foundation, VOSS grants: 0943157, 0943010, 1121935, and 1120966). We are also funded by CIGREF.