Next Article in Journal
Rediscovering the “Atrium Effect” in Terms of the European Green Deal’s Objectives:A Case Study
Previous Article in Journal
Exploring the Influence of an Urban Water System on Housing Prices: Case Study of Zhengzhou
Open AccessArticle

Overcoming Path Dependency in an Industrialised House-Building Company through Entrepreneurial Orientation

1
Department of Construction Management and Building Technology, Luleå University of Technology, 97187 Luleå, Sweden
2
Smart Energy and Built Environment, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 02044 VTT/Espoo, Finland
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Buildings 2020, 10(3), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10030045
Received: 2 January 2020 / Revised: 3 February 2020 / Accepted: 3 March 2020 / Published: 6 March 2020
Although it is well-established that industrialised construction can improve construction companies’ productivity, the uptake of industrialised ways of working has been slow and traditional construction companies remain unwilling to move towards industrialisation. One key reason is that there is little understanding of how construction companies can overcome path dependency (PD). Drawing on a longitudinal case study looking at an industrialised house-building (IHB) company, this work investigates how entrepreneurial orientation (EO) has influenced the development of a construction company that was able to transform from a traditional construction company to an IHB company over 25 years and to overcome PD in the process. The study found that by focusing on a niche market segment, developing a platform in collaboration with external actors, and an entrepreneurial mindset supported the company in overcoming its PD. However, being the “first-mover” in the industry created new path dependencies that may hinder other companies from entering this specific niche market area and the development of the industry as a whole. This study contributes to the theoretical buildup of EO, PD and strategic orientations of IHB companies, and contributes to practitioners’ understanding of IHB companies from a strategic management contingency perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrialised house building; construction; path dependency; entrepreneurial orientation; longitudinal case study industrialised house building; construction; path dependency; entrepreneurial orientation; longitudinal case study
MDPI and ACS Style

Uusitalo, P.; Lavikka, R. Overcoming Path Dependency in an Industrialised House-Building Company through Entrepreneurial Orientation. Buildings 2020, 10, 45.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop