Knowledge recombination as a past and path dependent process: Clarification and implications for management

By Christian Le Bas

We discuss the characteristics and the properties of the model of new knowledge creation known as recombination popularized by Fleming works. We contribute to the literature by suggesting understanding recombination as a process both past dependent and path dependent whereas the literature uses simple the later. We analyze some of its implications in terms of learning and outline diverse analytical frames matching recombination. At last we picture some implications for innovation management. JEL Codes: D83, O12, O31, O32


  • knowledge
  • growth
  • recombination
  • past dependent
  • path dependent
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