Title
The logic of propagation strategies: axiomatizating a fragment of organizational ecology in first-order logic The logic of propagation strategies: axiomatizating a fragment of organizational ecology in first-order logic
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Linthicum, Md ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Organization science: a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to advancement of knowledge about organizations / Institute of Management Sciences [Providence, R.I.] - Linthicum, Md
Volume/pages
8(1997) :3 , p. 310-331
ISSN
1047-7039
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
As a part of a larger effort to apply formal logic to organization science, we axiomatize the theory of propagation strategies (life history strategies) of Organization Ecology. We provide an axiomatic system in ftmt-order logic that derives the theory's predictions as theorems from a set of underlying assumptions. First-order logic is widely seen as a standard language for the formalization of scientific theories; it couples considerable expressive power with acceptable computational properties. Our axiomatization increases the understanding on the scope and the limits of Organization Ecology, and yields a consistent theory of propagation strategies with a sound explanatory structure
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