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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"



First GROE International Workshop - 2011



An international workshop was held on this topic from 22-23 September 2011 at Offley Place, Great Offley, near Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.

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Howard Aldrich (University of North Carolina, USA)

Explaining the emergence of routines in new ventures: selection and learning


Eric Beinhocker (McKinsey Global Institute, USA)

‘Beyond left versus right: evolutionary economics and the future of policy and politics’


Geoff Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

‘The evolution of morality and the end of economic man’


Stan Metcalfe (Emeritus, University of Manchester, UK)

‘Capitalism and evolution’


Viktor Vanberg (Walter Eucken Institute, Germany)

‘Darwinian paradigm, cultural evolution and human purposes: on F. A. Hayek's evolutionary view of the market'


David Sloan Wilson (Binghamton University, USA)

‘Nothing about policy making makes sense except in the light of evolution’


Ulrich Witt (Max Planck Institute, Jena, Germany)

'The evolution of consumer behaviour and the problem of reaching sustainability'


The workshop started at 9.30 am on 22 September and finished at 5.00pm on 23 September 2011.


This workshop was designed to provide in-depth discussion of cutting-edge issues, in a forum that permits the attention to detail and definition that is often lacking in larger, conference-style events.



Workshop Organiser: 

Denise Dollimore


Workshop Administrator:

Dawn James