Individual Path Dependency and Social Inertia: Facing the Crudeness of Sociology

by Marc R. H. Roedenbeck


Path dependency research focuses on the path dependence of social and economic systems like markets. Different facets of self reinforcement have been tried to identify during their analysis. Recently, scholars transformed path dependency to organizational systems and enlarged the number of facets for self-reinforcement. Interestingly, early and newer path dependency research struggled to explain the role of the individual in path dependent processes but use concepts of human-technique interrelatedness, learning, and power. Thus, this paper provides a framework for individual path dependency leading to a rigidity of social systems.

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