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Metapopulation analysis: a technique for studying hyperlongevity

Gregory N.P. Konz (John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, USA and)
Jerome A. Katz (St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, USA)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

Suggests a method for studying the survival strategies employed by organizations that exhibit hyperlongevity, the ability to survive 250 years or more. Hyperlongevity is a theory in the process of being built. To develop hyperlongevity theory further, a technique is needed for studying the strategies pursued by managers. The technique is metapopulation analysis, a modeling technique borrowed from biology. Metapopulation analysis can be used to construct a model of an organization’s development from the historical record of what the organization did. The strategies actually pursued by the managers of the organization may be studied from the model.

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Konz, G.N.P. and Katz, J.A. (2000), "Metapopulation analysis: a technique for studying hyperlongevity", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 49-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/09534810010310230

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