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Management of Convergence in Innovation : Strategies and Capabilities for Value Creation Beyond Blurring Industry Boundaries - Fredrik Hacklin

Management of Convergence in Innovation

Strategies and Capabilities for Value Creation Beyond Blurring Industry Boundaries

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Driven by the fascination about dramatic structural and competitive changes within telecommunication and information technology in dustries during the past decade, the convergence phenomenon has increasingly gained my personal attention throughout my work and studies. Therefore, not entirely coincidentally, this book was written as the result of my doctoral research at ETH Zurich, which turned out to be a challenging, yet highly rewarding endeavor. However, this work would not have been possible without the enduring support of several people. First, I would like to express my gratitude to my thesis supervisor Prof. Fritz Fahrni, for providing me with the opportunity to conduct exciting research projects in close collaboration with industry, and for supporting me with solid guidance and advice all the way. Also, I would like to thank Dr. Christian Marxt, for urging me to pursue the chosen line of enquiry, as well as for his devoted coaching, both at ETH and at Stanford, both within and beyond of?ce hours. Furthermore, I am grateful to Prof. Georg von Krogh, for his encouraging feedback and valuable comments during various inspiring discussions.

Prefacep. VII
Contents Overviewp. IX
Table of Contentsp. XI
List of Figuresp. XV
List of Tablesp. XVII
Introductionp. 1
Background and motivationp. 2
Practical background and relevancep. 2
Shortcomings of existing researchp. 4
Research problemp. 7
The quest for an evolutionary understandingp. 7
Towards a capability-oriented perspectivep. 8
Industry-independent comprehensionp. 10
Research objectivep. 12
Formulation of research questionsp. 12
Derivation of research goalsp. 13
Research designp. 14
Methodological approachp. 14
Research frame and settingp. 17
Research processp. 19
Outline of the thesisp. 22
Fundamentals of convergence and innovationp. 25
Convergence as a managerial issuep. 26
Multitude of definitionsp. 27
Development directions in researchp. 31
Determining the phenomenonp. 35
Antecedents and implicationsp. 36
Multidisciplinary pervasivenessp. 40
Innovative dynamics of convergencep. 41
Innovation dichotomy and cyclical behaviorp. 43
Disruptions and exogenous strategic changep. 45
Impetus within the innovation dichotomyp. 48
An evolutionary perspective on convergencep. 51
Idiosyncratic dynamicsp. 51
A retrospective setting in ICT industry developmentsp. 52
Evolutionary elements of technological changep. 54
Augmenting stages of convergent rule changep. 56
Serendipitous spill-over between knowledge basesp. 56
Technological opportunities for regime changep. 59
Application into synergy-leveraging business modelsp. 61
Shifting and redefining industry boundariesp. 62
A mechanism of cascading transitionsp. 64
Coevolutionary change of strategic vectorsp. 67
Classes of stage and maturityp. 67
Inflection in firm orientationp. 70
Patterns of endogenous transitionp. 74
Self-induced competence destruction and lock-inp. 74
Opening-up of proprietary innovation mechanismsp. 77
Inertial disciplinary structures and diversifying skill setsp. 81
Exogenous dynamics and industrial inflectionsp. 84
Deconstruction of value generation mechanismsp. 84
Adapted mechanisms of vertical reorientationp. 91
Commoditization and constricted economic incentivesp. 95
Competitive dynamics and convergent dominant designsp. 97
An integrated framework of evolutionary dynamicsp. 100
Evolutionary effects within the dichotomyp. 100
Juxtaposition of observed conceptionsp. 102
From challenge to practicep. 102
Capabilities for coevolutionary contingencyp. 107
Aligning horizontally for developing verticallyp. 111
Pioneering disruptors: explore platformsp. 114
Vertical attackers: exploit business model conflictsp. 115
Platform consolidators: search for complementaritiesp. 117
Reincarnating giants: complement or acquire platformp. 119
Orchestrating ecosystems and reciprocal incentivesp. 122
Pioneering disruptors: coevolve with ecosystemp. 125
Vertical attackers: rule-making through rule-breakingp. 126
Platform consolidators: internalize coopetitionp. 127
Reincarnating giants: cold-hearted commercializationp. 130
Protecting complementarity against redundancyp. 135
Pioneering disruptors: mediate and differentiatep. 138
Vertical attackers: induce dependency or exitp. 139
Platform consolidators: complement but orchestratep. 140
Reincarnating giants: protect incumbencyp. 141
Reorganizing the firm for convergencep. 142
Platform consolidators: organizational explorationp. 145
Reincarnating giants: organizational exploitationp. 146
Reinventing the firm for convergencep. 150
Entrant firms: harness attacker's advantagep. 151
Established firms: rediscover assetsp. 152
Managerial commonalitiesp. 156
Unraveling the big picture of customer experiencep. 156
Learning the language of both worldsp. 158
Strategic duality as an intrinsic necessityp. 160
Managing through cycles of convergencep. 165
Deriving managerial guidelinesp. 165
Pioneering disruptors: shape, build, scalep. 172
Vertical attackers: infringe, induce, achievep. 173
Platform consolidators: search, build, growp. 174
Reincarnating giants: search, leverage, protectp. 175
Cyclical determinants of convergencep. 176
Structural reiterationp. 177
Distinctiveness of convergent cyclesp. 181
Transfer and application of the cyclical modelp. 185
From retrospective to predictivep. 185
NBIC as a next convergence cyclep. 188
Industry-level implicationsp. 190
Firm-level recommendationsp. 192
Conclusionsp. 199
Discussion of resultsp. 200
Key findingsp. 200
Contribution to theoryp. 201
Implications for practicep. 202
Outlookp. 204
Limitations of the studyp. 204
Further researchp. 205
Appendixp. 209
Referencesp. 219
Name Indexp. 247
Subject Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9783790819892
ISBN-10: 3790819891
Series: Contributions to Management Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 11th October 2007
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.58