macromutation

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macromutation

  1. the mutation of several characters simultaneously.
  2. a hypothetical, single, large mutational step, proposed in some theories of evolution.
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In the evolutionary perspective, Business Process Re-engineering as a radical approach compares to specific macromutations and long jumps, both phenomenon having low rates of success in evolutionary biology that would explain the failure rates of Business Process Re-engineering and its kin.
Another theory suggests that macromutations are responsible for creating morphological diversity and are responsible for the rapid changes seen in the fossil record (Stanley 1979; Gould 1980; Rachootin and Thomson 1981).