The purpose of this study is to examine the models which are used to analyse organisations as evolutionary adaptations to their environment.
This study uses empirical data on the survival of business organisations in the Canakkkale region of Turkey to investigate the probability that they will cease to exist in any period of their operation.
There are indications of the effects predicted by both approaches; companies face heightened risk of death in three stages of their life.
The number of companies in the study is small, and consequently the results have to be viewed with caution.
This study shows how information about actual organisations can be used effectively.
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