Path dependence or path creation?

Raghu Garud, Arun Kumaraswamy, Peter Karnøe

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Abstract

We discuss the assumptions that underlie path dependence, as defined by Vergne and Durand, and then provide the outlines of an alternative perspective which we label as path creation. Path creation entertains a notion of agency that is distributed and emergent through relational processes that constitute phenomena. Viewed from this perspective, 'initial conditions' are not given, 'contingencies' are emergent contexts for action, 'self-reinforcing mechanisms' are strategically manipulated, and 'lock-in' is but a temporary stabilization of paths in-the-making. We develop these points using a narrative approach and highlight the theoretical and methodological implications of our perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)760-774
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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