Yabba-dabba-doo! Evolutionary psychology and the rise of Flintstone psychological thinking in organization and management studies
Source TitleHuman Relations
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
University of Melbourne Author/sSewell, Graham
AffiliationManagement and Marketing
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSewell, G. (2004). Yabba-dabba-doo! Evolutionary psychology and the rise of Flintstone psychological thinking in organization and management studies. HUMAN RELATIONS, 57 (8), pp.923-955. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726704045835.
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C1 - Refereed Journal Article
Seven years have passed since Nigel Nicholson published his manifesto for evolutionary psychology (EP) in Human Relations. Given EP’s continued popularity, this article undertakes a timely reappraisal of its assumptions and practical implications. In particular, it assesses EP’s claim to unify the social and natural sciences by establishing a foundation for psychology in the evolutionary biological sciences. I demonstrate that EP is found wanting in both these areas: it cannot satisfy the rigorous demands of experimental evolutionary biology and does not deal well with some of the key problems faced by mainstream psychologists. As a result, EP’s claims as they pertain to management and organizations are speculative and highly normative, despite vigorous protestations to the contrary.
KeywordsBusiness and Management
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