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Why Most Things Fail Evolution, Extinction and Economics

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ISBN-10: 0470089199

ISBN-13: 9780470089194

Edition: 2005

Authors: Paul Ormerod

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A fascinating and provocative study of failure within business, economics, and government Why Most Things Fail argues that failure is the distinguishing feature of corporate life and uses it to link economic models with models of biological evolution. Inspired by advances in evolutionary theory and biology, author Paul Ormerod illuminates the ways in which companies and policy-setting sectors of government behave much like living organisms: unless they evolve, they die. But he also makes clear how desirable social and economic outcomes may be achieved when individuals, companies, and governments adapt in response to the actual behavior and requirements of their customers and constituents.…    
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Edwardian Explosion
A Formula for Failure
Up a Bit, Then Down a Bit
Making Sense of Segregation
Playing by the Rules
A Game of Chess
"The Best-Laid Schemes . . . ."
Doves and Hawks
Patterns in the Dark
The Powers that Be
Take Your Pick?
Resolving the Dilemma
Why Things Fail
What Is to Be Done?
Suggestions for Further Reading