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Striving for a large market: evidence from a general purpose technology in action

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  • Grid Thoma

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Various scholars have tried to focus on growth accounting of specific examples of general purpose technologies (GPTs). However, what are the factors that might make a GPT succeed or fail once the invention has been "triggered?" This article is a preliminary answer to this question and attempts to study GPTs from an ex-ante perspective trying to understand the strategic behavior, business model and performance of producer firms and what the factors are that can favor or hamper diffusion in the application sectors. The article follows a historical perspective on a control technology, introduced in the last few decades by a silicon valley start-up company. Copyright 2009 , Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 107-138

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:18:y:2009:i:1:p:107-138

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  1. Slowak, André P., 2009. "Market fields structure & dynamics in industrial automation," FZID Discussion Papers 02-2009, University of Hohenheim, Center for Research on Innovation and Services (FZID).
  2. Hall, Bronwyn H. & Thoma, Grid & Torrisi, Salvatore, 2010. "Financial Patenting in Europe," MERIT Working Papers 011, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  3. Vincent Mangematin & Khalid Errabi & Caroline Gauthier, 2011. "Large players in the nanogame: dedicated nanotech subsidiaries or distributed nanotech capabilities?," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 36(6), pages 640-664, December.
  4. Daniela Baglieri & Gianni Lorenzoni, 2014. "Closing the distance between academia and market: experimentation and user entrepreneurial processes," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 52-74, February.
  5. Gambardella, Alfonso & Giarratana, Marco S., 2013. "General technological capabilities, product market fragmentation, and markets for technology," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 315-325.

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