The Embeddedness of Technological Systems
12 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2008
Date Written: December 1997
Technological systems are shaped both by forces arising from the technical environmentof product markets and those arising from the institutional environment ofcompatibility standards. We explore how it might be possible for standards to simultaneouslyenable activities in the technical environment and not constrain them.Such a scenario is possible when the technical environment is not completelyembedded in the standards that shape them. We characterize such technological systemsas being "just" embedded.
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