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Lock-in and path dependence: an evolutionary approach to eco-innovations

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  • Grazia Cecere
  • Nicoletta Corrocher

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  • Cédric Gossart
  • Muge Ozman

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The article presents an overview of the evolutionary approach to eco-innovations with particular emphasis on the role of lock-in and path dependence. In doing so, it focuses on the processes of radical change and the transition of technological systems that require the co-evolution of technology, firms, institutions and the society as a whole. Starting from clarifying the different notions of eco-innovations used in the literature, the article discusses the issues of lock-in and path dependence, by investigating the technological, organizational, institutional and social processes that strengthen as well as weaken path dependence. To this aim, it draws upon the evolutionary literature and discusses the relevance of path dependence and lock-in processes to understand the development of eco-innovations. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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  • Grazia Cecere & Nicoletta Corrocher & Cédric Gossart & Muge Ozman, 2014. "Lock-in and path dependence: an evolutionary approach to eco-innovations," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 24(5), pages 1037-1065, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joevec:v:24:y:2014:i:5:p:1037-1065
    DOI: 10.1007/s00191-014-0381-5
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    Eco-innovation; Evolutionary approach; Technological change; B52; O3; O13; Q13;

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    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness

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