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The Red Queen among Organizations:
How Competitiveness Evolves
William P. Barnett

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii

CHAPTER ONE: WHY ARE SOME ORGANIZATIONS MORE COMPETITIVE THAN OTHERS? 1
"Competitiveness" Varies from Organization to Organization 3
Organizations Are Intendedly Rational Adaptive Systems 4
Organizations Compete with Similar Organizations 7
What It Takes to Win Depends on a Context's Logic
of Competition 8
Organizations Learn a Context's Logic of Competition by Competing 12

CHAPTER TWO: LOGICS OF COMPETITION 14
Analyzing Logics of Competition 17
Meta-Competition among Alternative Logics 28
The Logic of Predation 34
Discovering Logics of Competition 37
Summary and Implications for the Model 43

CHAPTER THREE: THE RED QUEEN 46
How Do Organizations Respond to Competition? 47
The Red Queen as an Ecology of Learning Organizations 50
Consequences of Constraint in Red Queen Evolution 59
Killing the Red Queen through Predation 69
Argument Summary 72

CHAPTER FOUR: EMPIRICALLY MODELING THE RED QUEEN 74
Modeling "Competitiveness" as a Property of Organizations 75
The Red Queen Model 77
Modeling a Pure-Selection Process 79
Modeling Myopia 80
Modeling the Implications of Predation 82
Modeling Organizational Founding 84
Modeling Organizational Survival 85
Comparisons to Other Ecological Models of
Organizations 87

CHAPTER FIVE: RED QUEEN COMPETITION AMONG COMMERCIAL BANKS 90
The Institutional Context of Twentieth-Century
U.S. Commerical Banking 90
Logics of Competition among U.S. Banks 97
Specifying the Red Queen Model for Illinois Banks 105
Estimates of the Bank Founding Models 109
Estimates of the Bank Failure Models 119
Summary of Findings 130

CHAPTER SIX: RED QUEEN COMPETITION AMONG COMPUTER MANUFACTURERS 132
The Computer Industry and Its Markets 136
Discovering Logics of Competition among
Mainframe Computer Manufacturers 138
Discovering Logics of Competition among
Midrange Computer Manufacturers 170
Discovering Logics of Competition among
Microcomputer Manufacturers 193
Summary of Findings 213

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE RED QUEEN AND ORGANIZATIONAL NERTIA 215
The Competition-Inertia Hypothesis 218
The Red Queen and Inertia among Computer
Manufacturers 222
The Red Queen and the Rise and Fall of Organizations 224

CHAPTER EIGHT: SOME IMPLICATIONS OF RED QUEEN COMPETITION 228
Managerial Implications of the Red Queen 230
Research Implications of the Red Queen 232

APPENDIX: DATA SOURCES AND COLLECTION METHODS 237
Commercial Banks 237
Computer Manufacturers 241

Notes 245
References 259
Index 275

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