The Business of Systems Integration

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This book is the first to systematically explore systems integration from a business and innovation perspective. Contributors delve deeply into the nature, dimensions, and dynamics of the new systems integration, deploying research and analytical techniques from a wide variety of disciplines including the theory of the firm, the history of technology, industrial organization, strategic management, and innovation studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199263226
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Andrea Prencipe is Research Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex and Associate Professor of Management of Enterprises at University G. d'Annunzio, Pescara, Italy. His research interests include co-ordination and division of labour in high technology industries, organizational and network capabilities in complex systems industries, organisational learning and organisational memory in project-based contexts. He has published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management and Governance, and Research Policy. Dr. Andrew Davies is Senior Research Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, and Deputy Director of the Complex Product Systems (CoPS) Innovation Centre at SPRU. His research focuses on firm strategy, capabilities and innovation management across different capital goods sectors within the CoPS Innovation Centre. His book Telecommunications and Politics (Routledge, 1994) is used in post-graduate teaching programmes in the US, Europe and Japan. He is currently responsible for a three-year research project funded within the Systems Integration Initiative of UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and was awarded a prestigious Teaching Excellence Scholarship to offer courses on 'Managing Innovation in CoPS' to doctoral students in several leading Swedish Universities. He has published extensively on policy, firm strategy, innovation management and organisational capabilities. Professor Michael Hobday is Director of the Complex Product Systems (CoPS) Innovation Centre at the Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex. His research focuses on innovation management in CoPS, and East and South Asian innovation studies. His book Innovation in East Asia (Edward Elgar, 1995) was the first comprehensive analysis of East Asian firm innovation strategies, including detailed case studies of companies from Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has produced more than 100 publications, including three books, numerous articles on technology management, and major consultancy reports on industrial innovation, competitiveness and project evaluation.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Inventing systems integration 15
3 Systems integration and the social solution of technical problems in complex systems 35
4 Integrating electrical power systems : from individual to organizational capabilities 56
5 Specialization and systems integration : where manufacture and services still meet 78
6 The economics of systems integration : towards an evolutionary interpretation 95
7 Corporate strategy and systems integration capabilities : managing networks in complex systems industries 114
8 The role of technical standards in coordinating the division of labour in complex system industries 133
9 The cognitive basis of systems integration : redundancy of context-generating knowledge 152
10 Towards a dynamics of modularity : a cyclical model of technical advance 174
11 The geography of systems integration 201
12 Modularity and outsourcing : the nature of co-evolution of product architecture and organization architecture in the global automotive industry 229
13 Modularization in the car industry : interlinked multiple hierarchies of product, production, and supplier systems 254
14 Systems integration in the US defence industry : who does it and why is it important? 279
15 Changing boundaries of innovation systems : linking market demand and use 307
16 Integrated solutions : the changing business of systems integration 333
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