Battles for Technological Dominance: An Integrative Framework

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Fernando Suarez

Northeastern University, D'Amore-McKim School of Business

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This paper proposes an integrative framework for understanding the process by which a technology achieves dominance when “battling” against other technological designs. We focus on describing the different stages of a dominance battle and propose five battle milestones that in turn define five key phases in the process. We review the literature from several disciplines to identify the key firm- and environment-level factors that affect the outcome of a technology battle and posit that the relative importance of each factor will vary depending on the phase considered. Our framework complements and extends existing literature and has implications both for theory and for management practice.

Keywords: Dominant design, Standards, Platform, Technology battles, Technological change

Suggested Citation

Suarez, Fernando, Battles for Technological Dominance: An Integrative Framework (2004). Research Policy, Vol. 33, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2363183

Fernando Suarez (Contact Author)

Northeastern University, D'Amore-McKim School of Business ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.fernandofsuarez.com

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