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The Emergence of Organizations and Markets

John F. Padgett and Walter W. Powell


The social sciences have sophisticated models of choice and equilibrium but little understanding of the emergence of novelty. Where do new alternatives, new organizational forms, and new types of people come from? Combining biochemical insights about the origin of life with innovative and historically oriented social network analyses, this book develops a theory about the emergence of organizational, market, and biographical novelty from the coevolution of multiple social networks. The book demonstrates that novelty arises from spillovers across intertwined networks in different domains. In th ... More

Keywords: biographical novelty, multiple social networks, autocatalysis, autocatalytic reasoning, organizational novelty, state formation, communism, biotechnology industry, high-tech clusters, open source community

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691148670
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John F. Padgett, author
University of Chicago

Walter W. Powell, author

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