Understanding the phenomena of corporate longevity and self-renewing organizations has become an important topic in recent management literature. However, the majority of the research contributions focus on internal determinants of longevity and self-renewal. Using a coevolu- tionary framework, the purpose of this chapter is to address the dynamic interaction between organizations and environments in the realm of sustained strategic renewal, i.e. corporate longevity. To this end, we will focus on the competence of long-lived firms to coevolve due to the joint effect of managerial intentionality and environmental selection pressures. Building on coevolutionary framework, we develop a conceptual frame- work that highlights an organization’s coevolutionary competence. Two longitudinal case studies are presented illustrating the arguments.

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Kwee, Z., van den Bosch, F., & Volberda, H. (2008). Coevolutionary Competence in the Realm of Corporate Longevity: How Long-lived Firms Strategically Renew Themselves. In ERIM (Electronic) Books and Chapters. doi:10.1016/S1744-2117(08)04008-5