Dynamics of Big Internet Industry Groups and Future Trends

A View from Epigenetic Economics

  • Miguel Gómez-Uranga
  • Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia
  • Jon Barrutia

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Miguel Gómez-Uranga, Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, Jon Barrutia
    Pages 1-11
  3. Miguel Gómez-Uranga, Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, Jon Barrutia
    Pages 13-52
  4. Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, Miguel Gómez-Uranga, Jon Barrutia, Goio Etxebarria
    Pages 53-126
  5. Juan Carlos Miguel, Miguel Ángel Casado
    Pages 127-148
  6. Jorge Vega, Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, José Antonio Camúñez Ruiz
    Pages 149-178
  7. Jorge Emiliano Pérez Martínez, Silvia Serrano Calle
    Pages 179-200
  8. Andrés Araujo, Itziar Urizar
    Pages 201-241
  9. Jon Barrutia, Miguel Gómez-Uranga, Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia
    Pages 243-254

About this book


This book applies a new analytical framework to the study of the evolution of large Internet companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Samsung. It sheds light on the dynamics of business groups, which are approached as ‘business ecosystems,’ and introduces the concept of Epigenetic Economic Dynamics (EED), which is defined as the study of the epigenetic dynamics generated as a result of the adaptation of organizations to major changes in their respective environments. The book augments the existing literature on evolutionary economic thinking with findings from epigenetics, which are proving increasingly useful in analyzing the workings of large organizations. It also details the theoretical and conceptual nature of recent work based on evolutionary economics, mainly from the perspective of generalized Darwinism, resilience and related variety, and complements the work conducted on evolutionary economics by applying the analytical framework of EED. It makes it easier to forecast future dynamics on the Internet by proving that a sizable number of big business groups are veering from their initial paths to take unprecedented new directions as a result of competition pressure, and as such is a valuable resource for postgraduates and researchers as well as those involved in economics and innovation studies.


Big Internet Groups Business Ecosystems Epigenetic Economic Dynamics Evolutionary Economics Technology Patents Telecom Business Innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Miguel Gómez-Uranga
    • 1
  • Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia
    • 2
  • Jon Barrutia
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied EconomicsUniv. of the Basque Country, UPV/EHUBilbaoSpain
  2. 2.Deusto Business SchoolUniversity of DeustoVizcayaSpain
  3. 3.Dept Management and Business EconomicsUniv. of the Basque Country, UPV/EHUBizkaiaSpain

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