Toward a systematic framework for research on dominant designs, technological innovations, and industrial change

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

The concept of a dominant design has taken on a quasi-paradigmatic status in analyses of the link between technological and industrial dynamics. A review of the empirical literature reveals a variety of interpretations about some aspects of the phenomenon such as its underlying causal mechanisms and its level of analysis. To stimulate further progress in empirical research on dominant designs, we advocate a standardization of terminology by conceptualizing products as complex artifacts that evolve in the form of a nested hierarchy of technology cycles. Such a nested complex system perspective provides both unambiguous definitions of dominant designs (stable core components that can be stable interfaces) and inclusion of multiple levels of analysis (system, subsystems, components). We introduce the concept of an operational principle and offer a systematic definition of core and peripheral subsystems based on the concept of pleiotropy. We also discuss how the proposed terminological standardization can stimulate cumulative research on dominant designs.

Authors Murmann, Johann P. & Frenken, Koen
Journal or Publication Title Research Policy
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 7 September 2006
Publisher Elsevier
Volume 35
Number 7
Page Range 925-952
Number of Pages 27
Publisher DOI 10.1016/j.respol.2006.04.011
Official URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
Contact Email Address peter.murmann@unisg.ch
Depositing User Michele K├Âlbener
Date Deposited 22 Oct 2018 09:42
Last Modified 14 Jun 2021 00:23
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/255418

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Murmann, Johann P. & Frenken, Koen (2006) Toward a systematic framework for research on dominant designs, technological innovations, and industrial change. Research Policy, 35 (7). 925-952.

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