Parallelism in Organizations from the Perspective of Organizational Path Theorizing

  • This doctoral thesis investigates paths from an organization theoretical perspective. The respective debate is characterized by two almost entirely separately led discussions about path dependence, or alternatively path creation. Against this background, it is the objective of this thesis to reconcile these two streams of research and inquire into the possibility of coexisting paths in the form of path dependence and path creation. Towards this end, at first a systematic review offers an overview of the field of path-related research in the social sciences. Second, building upon the deepened understanding gained from this review, an empirical inquiry is launched to explore how a novel path is created at an information and communication technology company while this is still sticking, in a path dependent fashion, to an older path. Third, the dynamics between both paths are explored. Taken as a whole, a theoretically sound and at the same time empirically substantiated theoretical framework of the coexistence of path dependence and path creation is offered.

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Author:Ronja Schlemminger
Advisor:Gordon Müller-Seitz
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Language of publication:English
Publication Date:2021/12/15
Year of Publication:2021
Publishing Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Granting Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Acceptance Date of the Thesis:2021/12/15
Date of the Publication (Server):2022/01/05
Number of page:X, 156
Faculties / Organisational entities:Kaiserslautern - Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
DDC-Cassification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):Creative Commons 4.0 - Namensnennung, nicht kommerziell, keine Bearbeitung (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)