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The Business of Systems Integration$
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Andrea Prencipe, Andrew Davies, and Michael Hobday

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.001.0001

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

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

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(p.133) 8 The Role of Technical Standards in Coordinating the Division of Labour in Complex System Industries
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The Business of Systems Integration
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W. Edward Steinmueller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.003.0008

This chapter examines alternative theories of the technical compatibility standard-setting process as a means of coordinating component and sub-system suppliers in complex product systems industries, particularly those involving software, integrated circuits, and telecommunications. These industries are chosen to illustrate the different influences of the nature and pace of technological change on the choice of institution, and the governance process involved in standard-setting. The focus of existing theories of standards governance on relative institutional efficiency is contrasted with a theory, in which the nature and pace of technical advance have a fundamental influence on institutional design and process.

Keywords:   technical standard, coordination of innovation, complex products, technological change, information technology, telecommunications

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