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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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Corporate Strategy and Systems Integration Capabilities

Corporate Strategy and Systems Integration Capabilities

Managing Networks in Complex Systems Industries

(p.114) 7 Corporate Strategy and Systems Integration Capabilities
The Business of Systems Integration

Andrea Prencipe (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter identifies two analytical categories of systems integration in multi-technology multi-component products, namely synchronic and diachronic. Synchronic systems integration refers to the technological capabilities required to set the product concept design, decompose it, coordinate the network of suppliers, and then recompose the product within a given family. Diachronic systems integration refers to the technological capabilities to envisage and move progressively towards different and alternative paths of product architectures (i.e., new product families) to meet evolving customer requirements.

Keywords:   coordination, division of labour, modularity, firm capabilities, competitive advantage, aircraft engines, outsourcing

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