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The Business of Systems Integration

Andrea Prencipe, Andrew Davies, and Michael Hobday

Abstract

In the past decade or so, systems integration has become a key factor in the operations, strategy, and competitive advantage of major corporations in a wide variety of sectors (e.g. computing, automotive, telecommunications, military systems, and aerospace). In the past, systems integration was confined to a technical, operations task. Today, systems integration is a strategic task that pervades business management not only at the technical level but also at the management and strategic levels. This book shows how and why this new kind of systems integration has evolved into an emerging model ... More

Keywords: business model, competitive advantage, complex products, firm capabilities, firm strategy and organisation, modularity, systems engineering, systems integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263226
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199263221.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Prencipe, editor
Research Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, and Associate Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation at the University G. D'Annunzio, Italy
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Andrew Davies, editor
Senior Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex
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Michael Hobday, editor
Director of the Complex Products Systems Innovation Centre, University of Sussex
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1 Introduction

MICHAEL HOBDAY, ANDREA PRENCIPE, AND ANDREW DAVIES SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton

PART I The History of Systems Integration

2 Inventing Systems Integration

HARVEY M. SAPOLSKY Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

3 Systems Integration and the Social Solution of Technical Problems in Complex Systems

STEPHEN B. JOHNSON Space Studies Department, University of North Dakota, USA

4 Integrating Electrical Power Systems

FREDRIK TELL Department of Management and Economics, Linköping University, Sweden

5 Specialization and Systems Integration

KEITH PAVITT SPRU: Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Part II Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives on Systems Integration

6 The Economics of Systems Integration

GIOVANNI DOSI S. Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy MIKE HOBDAY SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK LUIGI MARENGO DSGSS, University of Teramo, Italy ANDREA PRENCIPE SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK and Faculty of Economics, University G. D'Annunzio, Pescara, Italy

7 Corporate Strategy and Systems Integration Capabilities

ANDREA PRENCIPE SPRU, University of Sussex, UK; Faculty of Economics, University G. D'Annunzio, Italy

8 The Role of Technical Standards in Coordinating the Division of Labour in Complex System Industries

W. EDWARD STEINMUELLER SPRU—Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

9 The Cognitive Basis of Systems Integration

MASSIMO PAOLI University of Perugia and St Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy

10 Towards a Dynamics of Modularity

HENRY CHESBROUGH Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Part III Competitive Advantage and Systems Integration

11 The Geography of Systems Integration

MICHAEL H. BEST Center for Industrial Competitiveness, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA

12 Modularity and Outsourcing

MARI SAKO Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

13 Modularization in the Car Industry

AKIRA TAKEISHI Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan and TAKAHIRO FUJIMOTO Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

14 Systems Integration in the US Defence Industry

EUGENE GHOLZ Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA

15 Changing Boundaries of Innovation Systems

MAUREEN MCKELVEY School of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

16 Integrated Solutions

ANDREW DAVIES SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

End Matter