Evolutionary Management

If you have a problem with your organization – why don’t you take a look at nature? 

Many organizational tasks can be compared to functions within organisms: for example, the internal material transport in an organization approximately compares with the cardiovascular system of mammals. We can learn from these comparable natural processes for the manager’s individual operational level and for the level of organizational processes.

Every organization has its own history with its specific qualities and traditions. The development of an organization can be described as an evolutionary landscape with the following characteristics:

  • growth, stability and shrinkage
  • Speed of processes
  • direction of the development
  • lifetime of the organization

Analyses of evolutionary developments will support decision-making in future projects.


Five Keystones of Evolutionary Management

  1. Specific activities in nature serve as an examples for managing organizational processes.
  2. The biological evolution of species provides insights to development processes in the economic world.
  3. Results of neurobiological research help to enhance management performances.
  4. Evolution happens to human beings. Yet, through the evolution of consciousness we have the opportunity to actively participate in evolutionary processes, and thereby develop and improve them to our advantage.
  5. Economic development has to be placed into a process of sustainability which mirrors the evolutionary urge for stability.


Read more: Dr. Klaus-Stephan Otto, Uwe Nolting and Christel Bässler published the book „Evolutionsmanagement“ (Evolutionary Management). You can read an English introduction here.

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