A perspective on path dependence processes: the role of knowledge integration in business model persistence dynamics in the provincial press in England

J. Cestino, Rachel Matthews

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This paper examines why strategy innovation is rare in the regional news industry. It integrates the knowledge-based view of a firm, path-dependence theoretical perspective and the field of business model studies to interpret the historic emergence, formation, and current lock-in of legacy regional newspapers. The historic case of the provincial press in England is analysed to consider how, in an industrial context of relative simplicity and certainty, path-dependent formation processes are led by knowledge integration mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-44
JournalJournal of Media Business Studies
Issue number1
Early online date16 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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  • Path dependence
  • business model innovation
  • regional press
  • knowledge integration
  • lock-in

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