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dc.contributor.authorStark, David
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-25T14:51:08Z
dc.date.available2020-11-25T14:51:08Z
dc.date.issued1996-08-01
dc.identifier.other128003
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/77048
dc.description.abstract[Excerpt] Each evening during their hunting season, the Naskapi Indians of the Labrador Peninsula determined where they would look for game on the next day's hunt by holding a caribou shoulder bone over the fire.1 Examining the smoke deposits on the caribou bone, a shaman read for the hunting party the points of orientation of tomorrow's search. In this way, the Naskapi introduced a randomizing element to confound a short term rationality in which the one best way to find game would have been to look again tomorrow where they had found game today. By following the daily divergent map of smoke on the caribou bone, they avoided locking in to early successes that, while taking them to game in the short run, would have depleted the caribou stock in that quadrant and reduced the likelihood of successful hunting in the long run. By breaking the link between future courses and past successes, the tradition of shoulder bone reading was an antidote to path dependence in the hunt.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectuniversity
dc.subjecteconomic
dc.subjectinstitution
dc.subjectheterarchy
dc.subjectasset
dc.subjectfirm
dc.subjectinnovation
dc.subjectprivatization
dc.subjectdiversity
dc.titleHeterarchy: Asset Ambiguity, Organizational Innovation, and the Postsocialist Firm
dc.typepreprint
dc.description.legacydownloadsHeterarchy_Asset_AmbiguityWP96_21.pdf: 1414 downloads, before Oct. 1, 2020.
local.authorAffiliationStark , David: Cornell University


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