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How to overcome path dependency through resource reconfiguration

Goumagias, N. D., Fernandes, K., Nucciarelli, A. & Li, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-6589-6392 (2022). How to overcome path dependency through resource reconfiguration. Journal of Business Research, 145, pp. 78-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.02.040


Firms often reconfigure their resources responding to changes of their external or internal environment, often incorporating new knowledge and resources in collaboration with external stakeholders. However, the reconfiguration process is challenging, costly, and often fails. The firm’s history plays an important role in the resource reconfiguration process. Often called path dependency, it is argued that it leads to lock-in effects that prevent reconfiguration. However, we argue this is a very limited viewpoint. In this paper, drawing empirical evidence from the video games industry, we argue that path dependency bounds the reconfiguration action space and can potentially improve strategic planning identifying paths of least resistance. Depending on the extend of the reconfiguration we identify two alternatives: direct reconfiguration (horizontal reconfiguration) or increasing the complexity by incorporating additional configurations (vertical reconfiguration).

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Strategic planning; Path dependency; Business model; Systematics; Evolutionary economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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