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Thorstein Veblen 

"The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before."




Charles Darwin

"... the theory of Natural Selection ... implies no necessary tendency to progression."





Alfred Marshall

“... facts by themselves are silent. Observation discovers nothing directly of the actions of causes, but only of sequences in time.”



Albert Einstein

“It is the theory that describes what we can observe.”



 Willam James 

“Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent.”




Douglass North

"The development of more efficient economic organization is surely as important a part of the growth of the Western World as is the development of technology, and it is time it received equal attention."



 Richard Nelson and Sidney Winter

"routines play the role that genes play
in biological evolutionary theory"



 J Stanley Metcalfe

"Evolutionary theory is a manner of reasoning in its own right ... biologists ... simply got there first"




 Joint GROE - Shandong University Conference in Jinan, China, April 2010


GROE Members and International Collaborators

UH Academic Staff



Denise Dollimore

Senior Lecturer in Strategy
Research:  Darwinian evolutionary ideas in

business economics and organisation studies


Francesca Gagliardi

Reader in Institutional Economics Research: The effects of different

institutional environments and

complementarities on economic performance


David Gindis

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research: Legal and philosophical

aspects of the theory of the firm


Geoffrey M Hodgson

Research Professor in Business Studies

Research: The nature and evolution

of organisations and institutions


Tassos Patokos

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research: Applied game theory and policy evaluation 



Current PhD Students



Elmo Gomes

Research: 'Replication of routines and selection in franchise organizations'

Stamatis Mitropoulos

Research: 'Creation, dissolution and sustainability of labour-managed firma'

Jonathan Myers

PhD Student

Research: 'Shareholder & stakeholder value'

Michelle Brazil Rugnetta

Research: 'Understanding the commercialization of innovative medical technology from a co-evolutionary perspective

Oleg Zhurov

Research: 'Understanding the influence of national culture on development of dynamic capabilities by pharmaceutical companies in a period of change'

International Collaborators

GROE has international research links with

  • Center for Economic Research, Shandong University, Jinan, China
  • TRIANGLE, University of Lyon 2, France
  • Strategic Organizational Design Unit, University of Southern Denmark

Members of GROE are active in the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR).