Agent-based Simulation Analysis of Path Dependence in Corporate is Networks for Strategic IT Management

Daniel Fürstenau*

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This study extends Arthur's model of path dependence for strategic IT management by introducing a more complex organizational structure with topology-adjusted network externalities and complementarities. A partial lock-in measure is developed to distinguish partial and global lock-ins. The study finds that complementarities can result in partial rather than global lock-ins. These findings suggest that, contrary to classical path dependence theory, strategic IT managers can contain global lock-ins by partitioning organizational structures. Results from an agent-based simulation study are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation
EditorsWebjørn Rekdalsbakken, Robin T. Bye, Houxiang Zhang
Number of pages7
PublisherEuropean Council for Modelling and Simulation
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)9780956494467
ISBN (Electronic)9780956494474
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2013 - Alesund, Norway
Duration: 27 May 201330 May 2013


Conference27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2013
SeriesProceedings ECMS, The European Council for Modelling and Simulation


  • Agent-based simulation
  • Business information systems
  • IS networks
  • Path dependence
  • Strategic IT management

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