Business of Systems Integration

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Over the past decade or so, systems integration has become a key factor in the operations, strategy and competitive advantage of major corporations in a wide variety of sectors (i.e. computing, automotive, telecommunications, military systems and aerospace). Systems integration is a strategic task that pervades business management not only at the technical level but also at the management and strategic levels. This book shows bow and why this new kind of systems integration has evolved into an emerging model of industrial organization whereby firms, and groups of firms join together different types of knowledge, skill and activity, as well as hardware, software and human resources to produce new products for the marketplace. 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, regional studies, strategic management, and innovation studies. This wealth of research capability provides deep insights into the new model of systems integration and supports this with an abundance of empirical evidence. The book is organized in three main parts. The first part focuses on the history of systems integration. Contributors trace the early history of systems integration using different industrial examples. The second part presents theoretical and analytical aspects of systems integration. Contributions concentrate on the regulatory and cognitive features of systems integration, the relationships between systems integration and regional competitive advantage, and the way in which systems integration supports the competitive advantage of firms. The third part takes industry and firm-level approaches. Contributions focus on different sectors and highlight the specificity of systems integration in various industrial domains, stressing its importance for systems integration in the case of complex capital goods, such as aircraft and telecommunications equipment as well as consumer goods, such as personal computers and automobiles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199263233
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (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

Preface, Richard Nelson
1. Introduction, Michael Hobday, Andrea Prencipe, and Andrew Davies
Part I: The History of Systems Integration
2. Inventing Systems Integration, Harvey M. Sapolsky
3. Systems Integration and the Social Solution of Technical Problems in Complex Systems, Stephen B. Johnson
4. Integrating Electrical Power Systems: From Individual to Organizational Capabilities, Fredrik Tell
5. Specialization and Systems Integration: Where Manufacture and Services Still Meet, Keith Pavitt
Part II: Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives on Systems Integration
6. The Economics of Systems Integration: Towards an Evolutionary Interpretation, Giovanni Dosi, Michael Hobday, Luigi Marengo, and Andrea Prencipe
7. Corporate Strategy and Systems Integration Capabilities: Managing Networks in Complex Systems Industries, Andrea Prencipe
8. The Role of Technical Standard in Coordinating the Division of Labour in Complex Systems Industries, W. Edward Steinmueller
9. The Cognitive Basis of System Integration: Redundancy of Context Generating Knowledge, Massimo Paoli
10. Towards a Dynamics of Modularity: A Cyclical Model of Technical Advance, Henry Chesbrough
Part III: Competitive Advantage and Systems Integration
11. The Geography of Systems Integration, Michael H. Best
12. Modularity and Outsourcing: The Nature of Co-Evolution of Product Architecture and Organization Architecture in the Global Automotive Industry, Mari Sako
13. Modularization in the Car Industry: Inter-Linked Multiple Hierarchies of Product, Production, and Supplier Systems, Akira Takeishi and Takahiro Fujimoto
14. Systems Integration in the US Defence Industry: Who Does It and Why Is It Important?, Eugene Gholz
15. Changing Boundaries of Innovation Systems: Linking Market Demand and Use, Maureen McKelvey
16. Integrated Solutions: The Changing Business of Systems Integration, Andrew Davies

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