Experimental Choice and Disruptive Technologies
34 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2021 Last revised: 23 Jan 2023
Date Written: January 23, 2023
This paper examines how a firm's choice of the type of experiment impacts on its potential exploitation of new technological opportunities. It does so in the context of the failure of successful firms (or disruption) where the literature has informally suggested that firms undertake errors in experimental choice. It is shown that firms will generically choose experiments that minimise false positives (a high-bar) or minimise false negatives (a low-bar) rather than strike a balance between the two. This is done to better inform decisions regarding the exploitation of technological opportunities. It is shown that these choices can differ between incumbents and entrants based on their fundamentals as well as because of the anticipation of competition between them.
Keywords: disruption, innovation, bias, experiments, competition
JEL Classification: L26, O32
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