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

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  • Grazia Cecere

    (DEFI - Département Droit, Economie et Finances - IMT - Institut Mines-Télécom [Paris] - TEM - Télécom Ecole de Management - IMT-BS - Institut Mines-Télécom Business School - IMT - Institut Mines-Télécom [Paris], LITEM - Laboratoire en Innovation, Technologies, Economie et Management (EA 7363) - Grenoble Ecole de Management - UEVE - Université d'Évry-Val-d'Essonne - TEM - Télécom Ecole de Management, RITM - Réseaux Innovation Territoires et Mondialisation - UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11)

  • Nicoletta Corrocher

    (CRIOS - Center for Research on Innovation, Organization and Strategy (University of Bocconi))

  • Cédric Gossart

    (LSH - Département Langues et Sciences Humaines - TEM - Télécom Ecole de Management - IMT - Institut Mines-Télécom [Paris] - IMT-BS - Institut Mines-Télécom Business School - IMT - Institut Mines-Télécom [Paris])

  • Müge Özman Gossart

    (LITEM - Laboratoire en Innovation, Technologies, Economie et Management (EA 7363) - Grenoble Ecole de Management - UEVE - Université d'Évry-Val-d'Essonne - TEM - Télécom Ecole de Management, MMS - Département Management, Marketing et Stratégie - TEM - Télécom Ecole de Management - IMT - Institut Mines-Télécom [Paris] - IMT-BS - Institut Mines-Télécom Business School - IMT - Institut Mines-Télécom [Paris])

Abstract

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.

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  • Grazia Cecere & Nicoletta Corrocher & Cédric Gossart & Müge Özman Gossart, 2014. "Lock-in and path dependence : an evolutionary approach to eco-innovations," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-02394329, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:gemptp:hal-02394329
    DOI: 10.1007/s00191-014-0381-5
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    Eco-innovation; Technological change; Evolutionary approach;
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    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary; Modern Monetary Theory;
    • 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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