The evolution of inertia

The evolution of inertia

By
Michael T. Hannan, László Pólos, Glenn R. Carroll
Industrial and Corporate Change.
2004, Vol. 13, Issue 1, Pages 213-242

This article examines some evolutionary consequences of architectural inertia in organizations. The main theorem holds that selection favors architectural inertia in the sense that the median level of inertia in a closed population of organizations increases over time. The other key theorems hold that the selection intensity favoring architectural inertia increases with the levels of intricacy and structural opacity and decreases with cultural asperity.