Zooming In or Zooming Out: Entrants' Product Portfolios in the Nascent Drone Industry

50 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2020 Last revised: 25 Feb 2022

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Anavir Shermon

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

Mahka Moeen

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

Date Written: February 23, 2022

Abstract

Faced with demand uncertainty and heterogeneity in a nascent industry, entrants often consider how many customer segments to serve by tailoring the usage breadth of their product portfolios. Portfolio usage breadth is the extent to which products in a portfolio collectively span distinct customer segments. We suggest that when entrants have use experience in contexts that are potential users of the new product, their portfolios exhibit low usage breadth, due to demand-oriented cognition and knowledge. The relationship is stronger for diversifying entrants relative to startups. The empirical context is the U.S. commercial drone industry, wherein entrants need to adapt their product portfolios for five robust and distinct customer segments of photography, short-distance inspection, long-distance surveying, agriculture, and aerial supply chain management.

Keywords: nascent industries, pre-entry experience, user innovation, product portfolios, drones

Suggested Citation

Shermon, Anavir and Moeen, Mahka, Zooming In or Zooming Out: Entrants' Product Portfolios in the Nascent Drone Industry (February 23, 2022). Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Research Paper No. 20-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3720370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3720370

Anavir Shermon

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

McColl Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

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Mahka Moeen (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

McColl Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

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