The dynamics of path dependence on the individual, organizational and the field levels: MoDo, the Kempe family and the Swedish pulp and paper industry 1873–1990
2016 (English)In: Management & Organizational History, ISSN 1744-9359, E-ISSN 1744-9367, Vol. 11, no 2, 189-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Path dependence is a promising and increasingly popular perspectivefor analysing long-term historical developments in firms, industriesor referring to other units of analysis. A central assumption is thatpaths can narrow down as a result of self-reinforcing processesthat eventually result in a lock-in that is difficult, if at all possible, toreverse. Typically, path dependence is investigated relating to onepath on a specific unit of analysis, e.g. an organization. The presentarticle explores how different paths on different levels of analysis caninfluence each other. Empirically, we use the long-term developmentof the Swedish pulp and paper company MoDo as the focal level ofanalysis. The organizational level paths are then related to paths onthe field level of the Swedish pulp and paper industry and to pathsrepresented by individual owner-managers’ ways of thinking. Weconceptualize the dynamic interplay between paths by elaboratingon processes of path-spreading, path-breaking, path-convergenceand path-divergence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 11, no 2, 189-210 p.
path dependence, longitudinal case study, strategy, strategic change, renewal, pulp and paper industry, MoDo, family business
Business Administration Economic History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29568DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2016.1150858OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-29568DiVA: diva2:908626