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International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology, 2024, 6(3); doi: 10.25236/IJFS.2024.060309.

The Inertia Problem of Technological Innovation: Tracing the Origins of “Path Dependency”and Principles for Breaking Free


Lv Zuyi

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Lv Zuyi

Marxism College, Bohai University, Jinzhou, Liaoning, 121013, China


The path dependency of technology refers to the phenomenon where once a specific technological development path is chosen, a developmental inertia is formed. Future research and innovation are more likely to continue along this path rather than turn to other possible innovative routes, thereby affecting the sustainable progress of technology. The reasons behind the formation of technological path dependency can be traced back to complex factors such as developmental dilemmas, technological risks, technological alienation, and limitations of technological tool rationality. In addressing these root causes, principles such as technological progress, categorized and gradual implementation, non-mandatory reform, and collaborative efforts should be followed to escape the current technological path dependency predicament and achieve harmonious development between technology and human society, as well as technological innovation.


Path dependency; Technological innovation; Origins of technological problems; Technological phenomena

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Lv Zuyi. The Inertia Problem of Technological Innovation: Tracing the Origins of “Path Dependency”and Principles for Breaking Free. International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology (2024), Vol. 6, Issue 3: 51-55. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFS.2024.060309.


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