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Theorising path dependence : how does history come to matter in organisations, and what can we do about it?

By I. Greener

Abstract

This paper examines the concept of path dependence in organisational theory, attempting to utilise insights from a number of academic disciplines to improve our understanding of it. It examines the claims of the resource-based view of business, perhaps the organisational approach most commonly linked with path dependence, and reassesses them in the light of the framework presented here. It concludes by considering the role of history in organisations, the mechanisms through which it manifests itself in the present, and what we can do to break free from path dependence

Publisher: Department of Management Studies, University of York
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:2561

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