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Path-Creating Networks:

Path-Creating Networks: Innovating Next Generation Lithography in Germany and the U.S.

The semiconductor industry faces the challenge of overcoming the physical and economic limitations of current production systems and the path dependency of established technologies by creating new technological paths. Various actors who, at the same time, compete in markets and between regions can only achieve this through collective and cooperative efforts. This preparatory study is set to identify and analyze potential paths, key actors, existing constellations and appropriate research methods with the aim of developing a comprehensive research project in this field.

Sponsored by: VolkswagenStiftung, Hannover

Duration: 10/04 – 09/09 (pilot study: 08/03 - 11/03)

Overview (PDF) [1]

Head of Research
Professor Dr. Jörg Sydow [2]
sydow@wiwiss.fu-berlin.de [3]
Professor Dr. Arnold Windeler [4]
arnold.windeler@tu-berlin.de [5]
Research Associates
Dr. Gordon Müller-Seitz [6]
gordon.mueller-seitz@tu-berlin.de [7]
Dr. Knut Lange [8]
knut.lange@fu-berlin.de [9]
Dr. Cornelius Schubert [10] (associated)
cornelius.schubert@tu-berlin.de [11]
Dr. Guido Möllering [12] (associated)
gm@mpifg.de [13]

Research Assistants
Jonas Spengler
jonas.spengler@tu-berlin.de [14]
Blagoy Blagoev


Meyer, Uli and Schubert, Cornelius (2007). Integrating path dependency and path creation in a general model of path constitution. The role of agency and institutions in the shaping of technological innovations [18]. Science, Technology & Innovation.

Schubert, Cornelius and Windeler, Arnold (2007). Pfadkreationsnetzwerke aus methodischer Sicht [19]. Münster: Lit-Verlag.

Sydow, Jörg (2007). Innovation durch Organisation - Pfadabhängigkeiten und Pfadbrechungen [20]. Münster: Lit-Verlag.

Windeler, Arnold and Schubert, Cornelius (2007). Technologieentwicklung und Marktkonstitution [21]. Frankfurt/M: Campus.

Sydow, J. and Windeler, A. and Möllering, G. (2004). Path-Creating Networks in the Field of Text Generation Lithography: Outline of a Research Project. TUTS - Working Paper. [22].

Windeler, A (2003). Kreation technologischer Pfade: ein strukturationstheoretischer Analyseansatz [23]. Schreyögg, G./Sydow, J. (Hrsg.), 295-328.

Working and Conference Papers

Windeler, Arnold and Schubert, Cornelius (2007). Technology Development and Market Constitution: A Praxis Perspective on Co-Evolution in the Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry [27]. 23rd EGOS Colloquium, Vienna, Austria

Sydow, Jörg and Windeler, Arnold and Schubert, Cornelius and Möllering, Guido (2007). Organizing Networks for Path Creation and Extension in Semiconductor Manufacturing Technologies [28]. Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia, USA

Schubert, Cornelius (2007). Technology Roadmapping in der Halbleiterindustrie. Das Hier und Jetzt technologischer Zukünfte am Beispiel der International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors [29]. Technical University Technology Studies Working Papers. Berlin

Schulz, Michael (2007). Konferenzen und Technologieentwicklung. Eine Netzwerkanalyse der SPIEKonferenz. Berlin. [30].

Schubert, Cornelius and Sydow, Jörg and Windeler, Arnold (2006). Managing the Momentum of Technological Innovations in Networks: The Case of Next Generation Lithography in the Semiconductor Industry [31]. Workshop on “Organising Paths - Paths of Organising,” Berlin

Sydow, Jörg and Windeler, Arnold and Schubert, Cornelius and Möllering, Guido (2006). Organising Collective Institutional Entrepreneurship for Path Creation and Extension. The Case of Next Generation Lithography [32]. 22nd EGOS Colloquium, Bergen, Norway

Sydow, Jörg and Windeler, Arnold and Möllering, Guido and Schubert, Cornelius (2005). Path-Creating Networks: The Role of Consortia in Processes of Path Extension and Creation [33]. 21st EGOS Colloquium. Berlin, Germany

List of Workshops

  • „Paths of Technological Development: Concepts and Empirical Results“, September 17-18th, 2007, participants are Dimitris Assimakopoulos (Grenoble Ecole de Management / LINC Lab), Ulrich Dolata (Research Centre for Sustainibility Studies), Raghu Garud (Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University), Peter Karnøe (Copenhagen Business School), Andrew Nelson (Stanford University), Krsto Pandza (Leeds University Business School), Werner Rammert (Technical University Berlin), Arie Rip (University of Twente) Douglas Robinson (Twente), Philipp Tuertscher (University of St. Gallen) and Tyler Wry (University of Alberta School of Business) at the Freie Universität Berlin.
  • „Organising Paths – Paths of Organising“, November 3-4th, 2006, organized by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) at the Freie Universität Berlin.
  • „Measuring Path Dependency – The Social-Constructivist Challenge”, September 5-6th, 2005 at the Freie Universität Berlin
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