Incommensurate Technological Paradigms? Quarreling in the RFID Industry

Posted: 22 Feb 2007

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Dosi's work on technology paradigms and trajectories has emerged as an important idea in evolutionary approaches to the economics of innovation. This paper explores these ideas using one particular case history. I examine how two technology paradigms clashed in the RFID industry in the 2000-2002 period, a clash that manifested itself in a public quarrel that broke out between proponents of an incumbent paradigm and a challenger paradigm. These events present an excellent vantage point from which to observe a debate between two different technological perspectives within one industry in order to gain insights into the influence of technology paradigms.

Keywords: Technology paradigms, incommensurability, Dosi, RFID

Suggested Citation

Dew, Nicholas, Incommensurate Technological Paradigms? Quarreling in the RFID Industry. Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 785-810, 2006, Available at SSRN:

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