Path Dependence and Creation

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Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001 - Business & Economics - 417 pages
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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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About the author (2001)

Andrew H. Van de Ven is Vernon H. Heath Professor of Organizational Innovation and Change in the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota. He was 2000-2001 President of the Academy of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Management.
Douglas E. Polley is Professor of Management at St. Cloud State University.
Raghu Garud is Alvin H. Clemens Professor of Management & Organization at Smeal College of Business and Research Director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, both at Pennsylvania State University.
S. Venkataraman is MasterCard Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and Research Director of The Batten Institute.

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