Managing in the Modular Age: Architectures, Networks, and Organizations / Edition 1

Managing in the Modular Age: Architectures, Networks, and Organizations / Edition 1

by Arun Kumaraswamy
     
 

There is increasing interest in modularity in the midst of our ongoing electronic revolution. To understand the implications of modularity across technological, organizational, and institutional contexts, the editors have brought together in one place seminal articles on architectures, networks, and organizations.

These articles address modularity from a variety

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Overview

There is increasing interest in modularity in the midst of our ongoing electronic revolution. To understand the implications of modularity across technological, organizational, and institutional contexts, the editors have brought together in one place seminal articles on architectures, networks, and organizations.

These articles address modularity from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and from multiple levels of analyses. The applicability of original insights to contemporary business environments as well as updates are summarized in fresh commentaries by each author.

The volume itself is designed to be modular. At the same time, it has been designed to highlight key interdependencies across the concepts of modularity, networks, architectures, and organizations. Readers are encouraged to make connections among different domains and to formulate new research questions and hypotheses.

The book includes a commentary co-authored by the late Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon, to whom the book is dedicated.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631233152
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Managing in The Modular Age: Architectures,Networks and Organizations. (R. Garud, A. Kumaraswamy, R.Langlois).

Part I: Overview.

1. The Architecture of Complexity. (H. A. Simon).

Commentary. (M. Augier and H. A. Simon).

2. Technological and Organizational Designs to Achieve Economiesof Substitution. (R. Garud and A. Kumaraswamy).

Commentary.

3. Networks And Innovation In A Modular System: Lessons From TheMicrocomputer And Stereo Component Industries. (R. N. Langlois andP. L. Robertson).

Commentary.

Part II: Modularity And Architectures.

4. The Role of Product Architecture in the Manufacturing Firm.(K. Ulrich).

Commentary.

5. Managing in an Age of Modularity. (C. Y. Baldwin and K. B.Clark).

Commentary.

6. Towards a General Modular Systems Theory and Its Applicationto Interfirm Product Modularity. (M. A. Schilling).

Commentary.

Part III: Networks And Standards.

7. The Economics of Networks. (N. Economides).

Commentary.

8. The Art of Standards Wars. (C. Shapiro and H. R. Varian).

Commentary.

Part IV: Field-Level And Organizational Dynamics.

9. Dynamics of Organizational Communities and TechnologicalBandwagons: An Empirical Investigation of Community Evolution inthe Microprocessor Market. (J. Wade).

Commentary.

10. Dominant Designs, Technological Cycles and OrganizationalOutcomes. (M. L. Tushman and J. P. Murmann).

Commentary. (G. Westerman and M. L. Tushman).

11. Modularity, Flexibility and Knowledge Management in Productand Organizational Design. (R. Sanchez and J. T. Mahoney).

Commentary. (R. Sanchez).

Index.

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