A Social Psychological Perspective on the Forming of Path Dependence in Old Industrial Regions —The Case of Shanxi Province in China

Xuan-Wei CAO, You-min XI


Among so many research literatures in industrial cluster, there lacks still exploration to the possible risks of industrial cluster. Path dependency, which is absolutely not only a phenomenon in technological development, existing not only in an organization but also in the process of cluster development, has been neglected at certain degree in developing regional cluster. The aim of the paper is to address the question of how the micro foundation of path dependence can be explained through a social psychological perspective. By referring to the two concepts from social psychology, selective attention and identity, this paper illustrates the psychological factors leading to the forming of path dependence in industrial cluster.
Key words: industrial cluster, path dependency, regional identity, selective attention, social psychology
Résumé: Parmi de nombreux documents de recherches sur le bloc industriel, il manque encore des explorations sur les risques possibles du bloc industriel. La voie de dépendance, qui n’est pas seulement un phénomène dans le développement technologique, existant non seulement dans une organisation mais aussi dans le processus du développement du bloc, a été négligée dans certaines mesures dans le développement du bloc industriel regional. L’objectif de cet article est d’ exposer comment la micro-fondation de la voie de dépendance peut être expliquée dans une perspective sociale et psychologique. Se référant à deux concepts de la psychologie sociale-attention sélective et identité, cet article illustre les facteurs psychologiques qui conduisent à la formation de la voie de dépendance dans la bloc industriel.
Mots-Clés: bloc industriel, voie de dépendance, identité régionale, attention sélective, psychologie sociale

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720070301.005


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