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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.003.0010

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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