Comet Calendar

OSIM Research Seminar Series - Dr. Brian T. Pentland

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:30am to 12:00pm

Virtual Event

Dr. Brian T. Pentland, Michigan State University
The Main Street Capital Partners Intellectual Capital Endowed Professor
Department: Accounting and Information Systems,

ONLINE via Microsoft Teams
To attend, please request a seminar link via email: 

From Lock-in to Transformation: A Path-centric Theory of Emerging Technology and Organizing

Abstract:   We offer a path-centric theory of emerging technology and organizing that addresses a basic question: when does emerging technology lead to transformative change? A path-centric perspective on technology focuses on the patterns of actions afforded by technology-in-use. We identify performing and patterning as self-reinforcing mechanisms that shape patterns of action in the domain of emerging technology and organizing. We use a dynamic simulation to show that performing and patterning can lead to a wide range of trajectories, from lock-in to transformation, depending on how emerging technology-in-use influences the pattern of action. When emerging technologies afford new actions that can be flexibly recombined to generate new paths, decisive transformative effects are more likely. By themselves, new affordances are not likely to generate transformation. We illustrate this theory with examples from the practice of pharmaceutical drug discovery. The path-centric perspective offers a new way to think about generativity and the role of affordances in organizing.

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops



Naveen Jindal School of Management
Contact Information
Sora Jun and Junfeng Wu
Dr. Junfeng Wu [] Dr. Sora Jun [,]
Dr. Junfeng Wu [972.883.5053] Dr. Sora Jun [972.883.5046]
Google Calendar iCal Outlook