Document Type : Review Article


1 PhD Student in Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor, Department of Technological Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of New Business, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

4 دانشیار، گروه کارآفرینی فناورانه، دانشکده کارآفرینی، دانشگاه تهران، تهران، ایران


Co-evolution is one of the new scientific concepts and structures that have been used in the organizational field which adapted to biological ecosystems. This concept, passing the concepts of cooperation and co-competition in organizational populations, is expanding the literature in this field.
This article was done by bibliometric method and analyzing the articles from 1983 to 2020 from the Scopus database in the field of "business, management and accounting". A total of 453 articles published between the mentioned years were retrieved, and after reviewing the subject and abstract of the articles, 391 articles were entered into the Vosviewr software for analysis. The achievements of this research, by analyzing the content of the most cited articles in this field, 5 new dimensions of the concept of co-evolution, including co-evolutionary mechanisms, patterns of changes, nature, levels of co-evolution and characteristics of entities were identified.
Based on this "co-evolution is defined as a non-linear, causal and reciprocal process with the concept of sustainable and simultaneous change and development in organizational populations, which is a common result of managerial intentionality, institutional and environmental effects".


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