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

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Concepts of modularity in systems design arose from the discipline of computer science, but according to Garud (management and organizational behavior, New York U.), Kumaraswamy (management, Rutgers U.), and Langlois (economics, U. of Connecticut) they can be usefully applied to the design of organizational systems and standards. They present a reader of 11 previously published articles that address the question. The papers were largely penned during the 1990s. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631233152
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Managing in the Modular Age: Architectures, Networks, and Organizations 1
Pt. I Overview
1 The Architecture of Complexity 15
Commentary 38
2 Technological and Organizational Designs for Realizing Economics of Substitution 45
Commentary 68
3 Networks and Innovation in a Modular System: Lessons from the Microcomputer and Stereo Component Industries 78
Commentary 101
Pt. II Modularity and Architectures
4 The Role of Product Architecture in the Manufacturing Firm 117
Commentary 146
5 Managing in an Age of Modularity 149
Commentary 161
6 Toward a General Modular Systems Theory and its Application to Interfirm Product Modularity 172
Commentary 203
Pt. III Networks and Standards
7 The Economics of Networks 217
Commentary 241
8 The Art of Standards Wars 247
Commentary 270
Pt. IV Field-level and Organizational Dynamics
9 Dynamics of Organizational Communities and Technological Bandwagons: An Empirical Investigation of Community Evolution in the Microprocessor Market 275
Commentary 306
10 Dominant Designs, Technology Cycles, and Organizational Outcomes 316
Commentary 348
11 Modularity, Flexibility, and Knowledge Management in Product and Organization Design 362
Commentary 380
Index 390
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