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America's Family Vehicle: Path Creation in the Minivan Market

Authors/Editors: Porac, J.F.
Rosa, J.A.
Spanjol, J.
Saxon, M.
Published: 2001
Type: Articles in Books and Non-Refereed Journals
ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-805-83272-3
Published by: Raghu Garud and Peter Karnoe (eds.): Path Dependency and Creation, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 213-242

This edited volume stems from a conference held in Copenhagen that the authors ran in August of 1997. The authors, aware of the recent work in evolutionary theory and the science of chaos and complexity, challenge the sometimes deterministic flavour of this work. They are interested in uncovering the place of agency in these theories that take history so seriously. In the end, they are as interested in path creation and destruction as they are in path dependence. This book is compiled of both theoretical and empirical writing. It shows relatively well-known industries such as the automobile, biotechnology and semi-conductor industries in a new light. It also invites the reader to learn more about medical practices, wind power, lasers and synthesizers. Primarily for academicians, researchers and PhD students in fields related to technology management, this book is a research-oriented textbook and it should appeal to managers in the field of technology. Primarily for academicians, researchers and PhD students in fields related to technology management, this book is a research-oriented textbook and it should appeal to managers in the field of technology.