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Innovation and Dominant Design in Mobile Telephone

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  • Koski, Heli
  • Kretschmer, Tobias

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We document the evolution of product innovation and features in the mobile telephone handset market. We distinguish between two types of product innovation : vertical and horizontal innovation. Using data from 1990 - 2003, we find that some characteristics have subsequently become an industry standard, while some remained as horizontally differentiating features of mobile handsets. We explain this pattern using the concept of dominant design, and results from the theoretical literature on the incentives for horizontal and vertical differentiation

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Paper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 1012.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1012

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Keywords: Product innovation; mobile phone handsets; dominant design; min-max principle;

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  1. Koski, Heli & Kretschmer, Tobias, 2010. "New product development and firm value in mobile handset production," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 42-50, March.
  2. Koski, Heli & Kretchmer, Tobias, 2009. "The Role of Product Innovation on the Diffusion of Mobile Telephone," Discussion Papers 1200, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.

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