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Learning through inaccurate replication


Dietl, Helmut; Lang, Markus; Martignoni, Dirk; Lucas, Eric (2014). Learning through inaccurate replication. Academy of Management. Proceedings, 2013(1):11948.

Abstract

Replicating a successful template or best practice across time (temporal replication) or across a number of different economic settings (spatial replication) is an important strategy for organizational growth and performance improvement. In this paper, we use an NK landscape model to examine how organizations may innovate and adapt to their environment through inaccurate replication. We identify conditions under which inaccurate replication can result in higher long-run performance than accurate replication. We also uncover the specific mechanisms through which replication errors may affect organizational performance. In that, our study also sheds a new light on how organizations may learn from (replication) errors.

Abstract

Replicating a successful template or best practice across time (temporal replication) or across a number of different economic settings (spatial replication) is an important strategy for organizational growth and performance improvement. In this paper, we use an NK landscape model to examine how organizations may innovate and adapt to their environment through inaccurate replication. We identify conditions under which inaccurate replication can result in higher long-run performance than accurate replication. We also uncover the specific mechanisms through which replication errors may affect organizational performance. In that, our study also sheds a new light on how organizations may learn from (replication) errors.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:10 Mar 2014 13:31
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:21
Publisher:Academy of Management
ISSN:1543-8643
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2013.214
Official URL:http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2013/1/11948
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:8874

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