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Managing The Change Of Architecture Knowledge

  • TOMOATSU SHIBATA

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    (Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University, 27-1 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8576, Japan)

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    With the advent of new technologies, one successful case of technological transition is Fanuc Ltd., a company that successfully introduced Intel MPUs (Microprocessor Units) to NC (Numerical Control) machines in 1975 and has since continued to achieve sustained growth. This adoption of MPU caused a change in NC architecture.Through an in-depth case study of Fanuc, we show how adopting MPU to an NC system destroys the usefulness of accumulated hard-wired architectural knowledge in that firm due to changes in architecture. We also show how Fanuc developed the new architectural knowledge necessary for MPU-based soft-wired NC systems. This study is not an analysis of the causes of failure, but rather focuses on the aspects of successful management of architectural change. By analyzing and studying a successful case, we can gain valuable insights into managing architectural knowledge.

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    Volume (Year): 15 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 05 ()
    Pages: 1093-1112

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