Path Dependence and Creation [NOOK Book]


The objective of this book is to offer a framework to explore issues pertaining to path dependence and creation which seek to understand the generative forces driving phenomena. How do technologies emerge?
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Path Dependence and Creation

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The objective of this book is to offer a framework to explore issues pertaining to path dependence and creation which seek to understand the generative forces driving phenomena. How do technologies emerge?
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Path dependence is the premise that a steady accumulation of small differences in the underlying sequence of events in the past determines phenomena in the present. Path creation is described by the editors as a "mindful deviation" from path dependence. This text for academics, doctoral students, and other researchers examines the role of technology in markets and organizations within the framework of path dependence and creation. Fourteen contributions from international scholars discuss such topics as sources of technical change, the creation and growth of Silicon Valley, path creation in the U.S. minivan market, product demonstrations, and constructing transition paths through the management of niches. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Contents: A.P. Brief, J.P. Walsh, Series Editors' Foreword. Preface. R. Garud, P. Karnøe, Path Creation as a Process of Mindful Deviation. Part I:Path Dependence and Beyond. A.P. Bassanini, G. Dosi, When and How Chance and Human Will Can Twist the Arms of Clio: An Essay on Path Dependence in a World of Irreversibilities. P.M. Hirsch, J.J. Gillespie, Unpacking Path Dependence: Differential Valuations Accorded History Across Disciplines. V.W. Ruttan, Sources of Technical Change: Induced Innovation, Evolutionary Theory, and Path Dependence. Part II:From Path Dependence to Path Creation. M. Kenney, U. von Burg, Paths and Regions: The Creation and Growth of Silicon Valley. R.N. Langlois, D.A. Savage, Standards, Modularity, and Innovation: The Case of Medical Practice. J.A.C. Baum, B.S. Silverman, Complexity, Attractors, and Path Dependence and Creation in Technological Evolution. Part III:Path Creation as Co-Evolution. J.F. Porac, J.A. Rosa, J. Spanjol, M.S. Saxon, America's Family Vehicle: Path Creation in the U.S. Minivan Market. H. Rao, J. Singh, The Construction of New Paths: Institution-Building Activity in the Early Automobile and Biotech Industries. R. Kemp, A. Rip, J. Schot, Constructing Transition Paths Through the Management of Niches. Part IV:Path Creation as Mobilization. J. Lampel, Show-and-Tell: Product Demonstrations and Path Creation of Technological Change. B. Van Looy, K. Debackere, R. Bouwen, Innovation as a Community-Spanning Process: Looking for Interaction Strategies to Handle Path Dependency. J. Mouritsen, N. Dechow, Technologies of Managing and the Mobilization of Paths. T. Pinch, Why Do You Go to a Piano Store to Buy a Synthesizer?: Path Dependence and the Social Construction of Technology.
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