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Self-reinforcing Mechanisms in a Multi-technology Industry: Understanding Sustained Technological Variety in a Context of Path Dependency
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1952-902X
2015 (English)In: Industry and Innovation, ISSN 1366-2716, E-ISSN 1469-8390, Vol. 22, no 6, 523-551 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper studies self-reinforcing mechanisms in multi-technology industries, i.e. industries in which technological lock-in does not occur and several technologies continue to coexist. The purpose of this paper is to investigate what kind of self-reinforcing mechanisms can be present in such industries and explain how multiple paths can coexist and interact in a context of self-reinforcement and, ultimately, path dependency. Building on the empirical example of the lighting industry, the paper shows that all previously recognized types of self-reinforcing mechanisms can be present in a multi-technology industry. However, in addition to the path-internal positive feedbacks and cross-path negative externalities identified in single-path settings, multi-technology industries also experience positive cross-path externalities that create a symbiotic relationship between alternatives and allow for the reproduction of the same development pattern across technologies. Due to the existence of such non-negative technology interactions, multi-technology industries can be path dependent while still retaining technological variety.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR and FRANCIS LTD , 2015. Vol. 22, no 6, 523-551 p.
Keyword [en]
Self-reinforcing mechanisms; path dependency; multi-technology industries; lighting industry
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123163DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2015.1100532ISI: 000364722200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123163DiVA: diva2:877272
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Funding Agencies|Riksbankens Jubileumsfond via the KITE research program [M2006-0231]

Available from: 2015-12-06 Created: 2015-12-04 Last updated: 2016-03-11

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