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The Business of Systems Integration

Andrea Prencipe, Andrew Davies, and Michael Hobday


In the past decade or so, systems integration has become a key factor in the operations, strategy, and competitive advantage of major corporations in a wide variety of sectors (e.g., computing, automotive, telecommunications, military systems, and aerospace). In the past, systems integration was confined to a technical, operations task. Today, systems integration is a strategic task that pervades business management not only at the technical level, but also at the management and strategic levels. This book shows how and why this new kind of systems integration has evolved into an emerging mode ... More

Keywords: firm strategy, firm organization, firm capabilities, modularity, systems engineering, competitive advantage, business model, complex products

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263233
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Prencipe, editor
Research Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, and Associate Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation at the University G. D'Annunzio, Italy
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Andrew Davies, editor
Senior Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex
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Michael Hobday, editor
Director of the Complex Products Systems Innovation Centre, University of Sussex
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1 Introduction

Michael Hobday, Andrea Prencipe, and Andrew Davies

Part I The History of Systems Integration

2 Inventing Systems Integration

Harvey M. Sapolsky

Part II Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives on Systems Integration

6 The Economics of Systems Integration

Giovanni Dosi, Mike Hobday, Luigi Marengo, and Andrea Prencipe

Part III Competitive Advantage and Systems Integration

13 Modularization in the Car Industry

Akira Takeishi, and Takahiro Fujimoto

16 Integrated Solutions

Andrew Davies

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