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

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

by Raghu Garud
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631233164

ISBN-13: 9780631233169

Pub. Date: 11/11/2002

Publisher: Wiley

This book brings together seminal articles by leading scholars of technological and organizational systems, exploring the impact of 'modularity'. Modularity refers to an ability to take apart and put together differenct products and networks, or to 'mix and match' components in order to meet different user specifications. This is of key importance today where new

Overview

This book brings together seminal articles by leading scholars of technological and organizational systems, exploring the impact of 'modularity'. Modularity refers to an ability to take apart and put together differenct products and networks, or to 'mix and match' components in order to meet different user specifications. This is of key importance today where new systems such as the World Wide Web and many areas of the computer industry depend on it. The volume pulls together and defines an exciting new area of inquiry: into how our 'modular age' is reshaping the business eco-system.

  • Includes contributions from leading scholars of technology and organization
  • Modularity refers to an ability to take apart and put together different products and systems, or to 'mix and match' components in order to meet different user specifications.
  • Consolidates and defines an area of inquiry that is becoming increasingly important with the development of web-based and 'network' industries.
  • Sensitizes readers to the complexity of issues surrounding new modular products and systems created by e-business
  • Encourages readers to make connections among different levels and disciplines.
  • Initiates a debate around issues of modularity.
  • Includes a commentary co-authored by the late Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon to whom the book is dedicated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631233169
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/11/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.60(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 Economies of Substitution. (R. Garud and A. Kumaraswamy).

Commentary.

3. Networks And Innovation In A Modular System: Lessons From The Microcomputer And Stereo Component Industries. (R. N. Langlois and P. 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 Application to 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 Technological Bandwagons: An Empirical Investigation of Community Evolution in the Microprocessor Market. (J. Wade).

Commentary.

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

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

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

Commentary. (R. Sanchez).

Index.

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