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Organizing the Electronic Century

Richard Langlois;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2007
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This paper's title is an echo of Alfred Chandler's (2001) chronicle of the electronics industry, Inventing the Electronic Century. The paper attempts (A) a general reinterpretation of the pattern of technological advance in (American) electronics over the twentieth century and (B) a somewhat revisionist account of the role of organization and institution in that advance. The paper stresses the complex effects of product architecture and intellectual property regime on industrial organization and technological change. Whereas large research-oriented multi-divisional firms always played a crucial role in the industry's history, such firms proved most adept at syst...
free text keywords: electronics, modularity, product architecture, vertical integration., Economy, Globalization, Management, Second Industrial Revolution, Competitive advantage, Information revolution, Diversification (marketing strategy), Outsourcing, business.industry, business, AT-T, Industrial Revolution, Engineering, IBM, Intellectual property, Corporation, Technological change, Demise, Option value, Vertical integration, Market economy, Mainframe computer, jel:L2, jel:L63, jel:N62, jel:O33, jel:O34
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