Towards a Dynamics of Modularity

Henry Chesbrough

in The Business of Systems Integration

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199263226
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191718830 | DOI:
Towards a Dynamics of Modularity

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Our understanding of the interaction between technological structure and organisational structure has made many advances. Argues that a more dynamic conception of the relationship is necessary in order to capture important elements that otherwise go unnoticed. Illustrations of a dynamic conception are offered, based on empirical research in the disk‐drive industry. Organisational traps may emerge, in that companies are not properly aligned with their technologies, but adaptation is difficult. Path dependent behaviours can result, which intensify these traps.

Keywords: dynamics of modularity; hard disk drive industry; modularity trap; systems integration; technological and organisational relationships

Chapter.  10824 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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