Towards a General Modular Systems Theory and its Application to Inter-Firm Product Modularity

Schilling, M.A. 2000. Towards a general modular systems theory and its application to inter-firm product modularity. Academy of Management Review, Vol 25:312-334.

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Melissa A. Schilling

New York University (NYU) - Department of Management and Organizational Behavior

Date Written: September 9, 1999

Abstract

Many systems migrate towards increasing or decreasing modularity, yet no explicit causal models exist to explain this process. This paper builds a general theory of modular systems, drawing on systems research from many disciplines. This general theory is then used to derive a model of inter-firm product modularity, including testable research propositions. The latter model provides a valuable tool for predicting technological trajectories, and demonstrates how the general theory may be applied to specific systems.

Keywords: modularity, complex adaptive systems, technology

Suggested Citation

Schilling, Melissa A., Towards a General Modular Systems Theory and its Application to Inter-Firm Product Modularity (September 9, 1999). Schilling, M.A. 2000. Towards a general modular systems theory and its application to inter-firm product modularity. Academy of Management Review, Vol 25:312-334. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2263073

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