When does the mirror get misted? How the rate of component change and product complexity impact the mirroring hypothesis

Burton, Nicholas (2015) When does the mirror get misted? How the rate of component change and product complexity impact the mirroring hypothesis. In: DRUID15 Conference on the Relevance of Innovation, 15th - 17th June 2015, Rome, Italy.

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Abstract

The mirroring hypothesis – the assumed architectural mapping between firms’ strategic choices of product architecture and firm architecture, and between firms’ architectural choices and the industry structures – is a central theme within modularity theory. Empirical support for this hypothesis across numerous studies is significant, but mixed – suggesting the need to focus less upon whether the hypothesis holds and more upon the conditions under which it holds. As part of this shift in focus, within this research we utilize an industrial economics perspective to develop a stylised product architecture typology and hypothesise how the combined effects of product architecture type, product complexity and the rate of product component change may be associated with phases of mirroring or misting. Our framework helps to reconcile some existing mixed evidence and provides the foundation for further empirical research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: product architecture; modularity; organisation structure; technological change; mirroring hypothesis, product complexity
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Nicholas Burton
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2016 16:45
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 07:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/25571

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