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Sydow, Jörg
Windeler, Arnold
Müller-Seitz, Gordon
Lange, Knut
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[Journal:] BuR - Business Research [ISSN:] 1866-8658 [Volume:] 5 [Year:] 2012 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 155-176
Although an increasing number of studies of technological, institutional and organizational change refer to the concepts of path dependence and path creation, few attempts have been made to consider these concepts explicitly in their methodological accounts. This paper addresses this gap and contributes to the literature by developing a comprehensive methodology that originates from the concepts of path dependence and path creation – path constitution analysis (PCA) – and allows for the integration of multi-actor constellations on multiple levels of analysis within a process perspective. Based upon a longitudinal case study in the field of semiconductors, we illustrate PCA ‘in action’ as a template for other researchers and critically examine its adequacy. We conclude with implications for further path-oriented inquiries.
multilevel approach
path constitution analysis
path creation
path dependence
process data
qualitative methodology
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