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Wintel: Cooperation and Conflict


Ramon Casadesus-Masanell


Harvard University - Strategy Unit

David Yoffie


Harvard University - Strategy Unit

April 7, 2007

Management Science, Vol. 53, No. 4, pp. 584-598, April 2007
Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 1297286

Abstract:     
We study competitive interactions between Intel and Microsoft, two producers of complementary products. In a system of complements, like the PC, the value of the final product depends on how the different components work together. This, in turn, depends on the firms' investments in complementary R&D. We ask whether Intel and Microsoft will want to cooperate and make the final product as valuable as possible. Contrary to the popular view that two tight complements will generally have well aligned incentives, we demonstrate that natural conflicts emerge over pricing, the timing of new product releases, and who captures the greatest value at different phases of product generations.

Keywords: complements, business models, competitive dynamics

JEL Classification: C72, D43, K21, L13, L15, M21

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Date posted: November 9, 2008  

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Casadesus-Masanell, Ramon and Yoffie, David, Wintel: Cooperation and Conflict (April 7, 2007). Management Science, Vol. 53, No. 4, pp. 584-598, April 2007; Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 1297286. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1297286

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Ramon Casadesus-Masanell (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Strategy Unit ( email )
Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-496-0176 (Phone)
617-496-5859 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.people.hbs.edu/rmasanell
David Yoffie
Harvard University - Strategy Unit ( email )
Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02163
United States
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