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Corporations and Bureaucracies Under a Biological Lens

Elizabeth M. Prescott

in Natural Security

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253476
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934313 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253476.003.0005
Corporations and Bureaucracies Under a Biological Lens

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Life does not afford perfect knowledge of future challenges, and organisms must adapt to compensate for this uncertainty. Strategies employed to natural challenges can inform the processes policy makers use to approach uncertainty surrounding national and international security challenges. This chapter explores types of uncertainty and the evolutionary strategies devised to accommodate that uncertainty. It explores the idea of a political ecosystem to highlight similarities with natural ecosystems, as well as pressures that prevent the emergence of dynamic and adaptable systems. The chapter also presents examples of evolutionary strategies being employed in a changing security environment.

Keywords: natural challenges; security; political ecosystem; natural ecosystems; evolutionary strategies

Chapter.  5761 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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