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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, Chapter 5

The Darwin research project in management is aiming at understanding how do leaders and team members daily interact and make decisions in practice within extreme contexts,“where risks of severe physical, psychological or material consequences (e.g., physical harm, devastation or destruction) to organizational members or their constituents exist” (Hannah et al., 2009:897). This project, extending the ANR DARWIN, consists of international researchers and is based at the Ceros research group, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University, France.

The first step of this program entailed conducting a field study on a mountaineering expedition whose objective was to accomplish the first-ever crossing of the Cordillera Darwin range in Patagonia.

This project has received financial support from France’s National Research Agency (ANR DARWIN, ANR09-BLAN-0341-01). Data were collected throughout the project duration (2008-2011), combining a longitudinal case study with an ethnographic study of the expedition itself, both in situ and in real time (Sept. to Nov. 2009).



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