The Innovation Race of Startups in Silicon Valley anno 2019

Kathrine Amanda Engelsted Hestbech & Birga Hansen

Student thesis: Master thesis


The notion of large high-tech companies’ influence on startups and their innovation process draws currently much attention, both among practitioners and scholars. However, the possible influence on startups has only been investigated to a minimum. This thesis tries to determine the influence of large high-tech companies on startups’ innovation processes through the lenses of path dependence theory proposed by Sydow & Schryögg (2015). Drawing from a literature review, the framework from Sydow & Schreyögg (2015) and 5 interviews from startups, this thesis provides evidence, juxtaposing the media’s belief that large high-tech companies affect the startups’ innovation processes on an equal level as other competitors. Contributing to the body of literature it is proposed to link innovation processes and path dependence. The authors found that the startups did not reach a state of lock-in in terms of their innovative capabilities, however, tendencies to follow a path surfaced.

EducationsMSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2019
Number of pages88
SupervisorsArisa Shollo