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The Business of Systems Integration$
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Andrea Prencipe, Andrew Davies, and Michael Hobday

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.001.0001

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Towards a Dynamics of Modularity

Towards a Dynamics of Modularity

A Cyclical Model of Technical Advance

(p.174) 10 Towards a Dynamics of Modularity
The Business of Systems Integration

Henry Chesbrough

Oxford University Press

Our understanding of the interaction between technological structure and organizational structure has made many advances. This chapter argues that a more dynamic conception of the relationship is necessary in order to capture important elements that otherwise go unnoticed. Illustrations of a dynamic conception are offered, based on empirical research in the disk-drive industry. Organizational traps may emerge, in that companies are not properly aligned with their technologies, but adaptation is difficult. Path-dependent behaviours can result, which intensify these traps.

Keywords:   technological relationships, organizational relationships, modularity trap, hard disk drive industry

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