Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2018

Abstract

Technological transitions are challenging, particularly for companies in mature industries. Incumbents are frequently blindsided by new technologies, fully missing opportunities to enter emerging markets early. While some established companies do possess the awareness and dexterity to become early adopters of new technologies, they typically lack the vision and the commitment to become leaders. Too often, they cling to the familiar, developing hybrid products that combine elements of the old and the new. The trouble is, hybrid strategies put even the best incumbent companies in a weak position when the market finally embraces the new technology. We call this the "hybrid trap." The transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles demonstrates the dangers of hesitating to embrace the new. New markets are often enabled by technological change and exploited by minds that can envision futures that are far different from the status quo. More so, they are convinced that such a future must happen.

Keywords

Technological change, Transitions, Emerging markets, Electric vehicles

Discipline

Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Mit Sloan Management Review

Volume

59

Issue

3

First Page

52

Last Page

57

ISSN

1532-9194

Publisher

Sloan Management Review Association

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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