Planning for dominance: a strategic perspective on the emergence of a dominant design
Researchers in technology and innovation, organization research, and product standardization in economics have noted that innovations may become the dominant designs in their product classes for reasons that may have little to do with design. The emergence process for dominant designs has typically been viewed as a black box process involving a sophisticated interaction of technological and non-technological factors. This paper shifts the discussion to a strategic perspective. It argues that firms can frame the emergence process and can systematically manage elements of it in the pursuit of competitive advantage from innovation. An analytical framework is developed and discussed, with particular emphasis on the roles of certain external conditions, non-technological forces, and complementary assets, as well as the implications for R&D strategists and for future research. Four distinctive examples illustrate different aspects of the framework's utility.
Strategy and Organisation
R & D Management
Lee, J. R.; ONeal, D. E.; Pruett, M. W.; and Thomas, Howard.
Planning for dominance: a strategic perspective on the emergence of a dominant design. (1995). R & D Management. 25, (1), 3-15. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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