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|Title:||Addressing path dependency in the capabilities approach: historicism and foresight meet on the 'road less travelled'|
|Editor(s):||Costanzo, Laura Anna|
MacKay, Robert Bradley
|Citation:||Masrani S & McKiernan P (2009) Addressing path dependency in the capabilities approach: historicism and foresight meet on the 'road less travelled'. In: Costanzo LA & MacKay RB (eds.) Handbook of Research on Strategy and Foresight. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 485-504. http://www.e-elgar.co.uk|
|Abstract:||This chapter challenges the commonly held notion in the capabilities approach, arising out of an overemphasis on path dependency, that capability development follows a single path-dependent route, which is determined positively by interrelatedness among existing technologies. It queries the fascination especially within the empirical literature with examining a single, successful choice. The chapter argues, like Penrose (1959) and Hamel and Prahalad (1994), that a firm seldom considers only one strategic capability development route. Often, a route is chosen from a bounded option set, anchored by the ‘do-nothing’ default. This is supported by empirical case evidence, which also suggests that, in some instances, technological interrelatedness is not a major factor influencing the development of capabilities from the available options.|
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