Path Dependence and Creation

Path Dependence and Creation

by Raghu Garud
     
 

The editors, aware of the recent work in evolutionary theory and the science of chaos and complexity, challenge the sometimes deterministic flavor of this subject. They are interested in uncovering the place of agency in these theories that take history so seriously. In the end, they are as interested in path creation and destruction as they are in path dependence.

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The editors, aware of the recent work in evolutionary theory and the science of chaos and complexity, challenge the sometimes deterministic flavor of this subject. They are interested in uncovering the place of agency in these theories that take history so seriously. In the end, they are as interested in path creation and destruction as they are in path dependence.

This book is compiled of both theoretical and empirical writings. It shows relatively well-known industries, such as the automobile, biotechnology, and semi-conductor industries in a new light. It also invites the reader to learn more about medical practices, wind power, lasers, and synthesizers.

Primarily written for academicians, researchers, and Ph.D. students in fields related to technology management, this book is research-oriented and will appeal to all managers.

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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 (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415650717
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/2012
Series:
Series in Organization and Management Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
440

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