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|Title:||Organisational Paths: How History Matters in a Publishing Organisation|
|Publisher:||Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney|
|Citation:||History in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools: The Proceedings of the First AAHANZBS Conference, The University of Sydney, 14-15 December 2009 / edited by Greg Patmore|
|Abstract:||Whilst the notion of path dependence features quite prominently in organisation and business history literature, its actual meaning and logic have remained vague and ambiguous. In order to advance a more precise understanding of the underlying logic we present a theoretical framework explaining how organisations become path-dependent. At its core are the dynamics of self-reinforcing mechanisms, which are likely to lead an organisation into a lock-in. The process of an organisation – or some of its subsystems – becoming path-dependent is conceptualised along three distinct stages. The conceptual model is then used to investigate a German book club that has become path-dependent and, finally, locked-in.|
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|Type of Work:||Conference paper|
|Appears in Collections:||History in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools: The Proceedings of the First AAHANZBS Conference.|
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