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Dominance in the prototyping phase—The case of hydrogen passenger cars

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  • Bakker, Sjoerd
  • van Lente, Harro
  • Meeus, Marius T.H.

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The notion of dominant designs refers to dominance in the market, hence the literature on dominant designs ignores the selection process that already takes place in pre-market R&D stages of technological innovation. In this paper we address the question to what extent pre-market selection takes place within an industry and how this may lead to dominance of one design over others before the market comes into play. Furthermore we study what selection criteria apply in the absence of actual market criteria. We do so through a historical analysis of design paths for hydrogen passenger cars.

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  • Bakker, Sjoerd & van Lente, Harro & Meeus, Marius T.H., 2012. "Dominance in the prototyping phase—The case of hydrogen passenger cars," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(5), pages 871-883.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:41:y:2012:i:5:p:871-883
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2012.01.007
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